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    The best and worst parts of holidays as an OD mom

    The holidays have arrived. Let me count the ways that I have a love/hate relationship with the holiday season as a doctor mom.


    Anyone living or working near a major mall understands why this is at the top of the list. All those crazy shoppers really affect your relaxing commute to work. I have nightmares about driving to work from Falls Church, VA, to Tysons Corner and never arriving. (If you are not familiar with Tyson’s Corner, please see Vogue Magazine’s list of events, and then book a plane ticket with a pocket full of money.) May the force be with you.

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    This is the main reason for excessive traffic. Now, I do love when the shopping extravaganza occurs in my office. But everyone seems to be rushing to get the shopping done—or they want an Internet connection so they can get their shopping done. If they forget coupons? No worries! Take your sweet time to find the e-coupon on your smartphone you were smart enough to charge or we have another problem. NOTE: You cannot use e-coupons at Tysons Corner.


    Patients all want to be seen by December 31

    Dear patients: Your doctor has a life, a family, and needs to go shopping, too. Please schedule your visits prior to December 23. To all those doctors who have to work on December 31, may the force be with you.

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    Tracy Schroeder Swartz, OD, MS, FAAO
    Tracy Schroeder Swartz currently practices at Madison Eye Care Center in Madison, Alabama. She serves as Education Chair for the ...


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