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post #8 of Old 11-01-2002
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Dear Stacey

Thank you so much for your reply.

Since my post my wife and I have discussed the issue with the head of my daughter''s school. he was quite supportive. We have also come up with the idea of doing the curriculum through the school and then just continuing when we come back. We plan a visit with the principal soon.

My next problem is this:

I''m a professional person in a single specialist medical practice. I have a LOT of money and time invested in my practice and enjoy my work and career. Although I don''t want to give that up, I really would like to spend this year of sailing with my daughters, especially since my work (I''m an OB/GYN) causes me to loose so much time with my children (I''ve missed 4 of my youngest daughter''s birhdays.(she turns 7 next week and I''m going to be away again).

I''m often reminded in my job how short life is and how fleeting our time with our children.

However for me there is the issue of loss of skills on top of the practice management issues. I have a surgical subspecialty that demands repetition to stay "in the groove" as it were.

Here are my options as I see it:

1)Try to line up a locum to take over my practice for a year in two to four years
2)Break the sailing into shorted units. (we have decided to go bareboating in the VI for the whole month of July next year - and I''ve been able to negotiate a good deal)
3)Buy a boat on the Westcoast and sail during the summer (coastal cruising)

Magnus Murphy
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