I’m Monique Tello, M.D., and I’m writing from Boston, Massachusetts, USA. I’m a primary care physician and a mom, both demanding jobs that bring rich experiences. I feel very lucky, and very tired.
My kids are a 7 year old boy with autism (Babyboy) and a 5 year old girl (Babygirl). Hubby is Bob Socci, a local sports broadcaster. Then there’s our spoiled rescue cats, Leo and Little Kitty, important family members as well.
I’m a regular contributor at the Harvard Health Blog, as well as the group blog Mothers In Medicine, and I post as “Genmedmom”. I’ve written for other blogs, the New England Journal of Medicine Knowledge+ Blog and also on Kevin, MD.
You know when you’re on an airplane, and the flight attendant gives the pre-flight safety talk? He says: “If the oxygen masks come down, and you are traveling with children or others who need assistance, always place the oxygen mask on yourself first.” Why? Because if you’re going to be of any use to anyone, you need to be breathing, right?
I’m a doctor, mom, and writer. It took most of my life to achieve some semblance of balance, and I’m happy to share my mistakes made and lessons learned. Lesson number one: you can’t do a good job taking care of others well until you take care of yourself.
Mental and physical health and wellness: These are my goals for my patients, my children, and myself. I haven’t always been the model of either. It’s an ongoing process, and my life’s work.