Dr. Grumpy: "Hi, this is Dr. Grumpy. Did Mrs. Stroke, in room 843, do anything funny on the cardiac monitor overnight?"
Al: "Excuse me? Are you a family member of the patient?"
Dr. Grumpy: "No, I'm her attending physician, and I was wondering if she had any more cardiac arrythmias."
Al: "I can't tell you that. We have privacy laws."
Dr. Grumpy: "I'm her freaking doctor! You have the phone ID right there! You can see I'm calling from the 8th floor nurses station!"
Al: "Look, whoever you are, I just started here..."
Dr. Grumpy: "No kidding."
Al: "...and in school we learned about the importance of patient privacy laws and... HEY! WHAT ARE YOU DOING?!!!"
(long pause, whispers at the other end)
(new voice comes on the line) "This is Cheryl, the telemetry supervisor."
Dr. Grumpy: "Oh, thank God. It's Grumpy."
Cheryl: "I'm terribly sorry. You know how the new ones are. Her cardiac telemetry was normal."
Dr. Grumpy: "Thank you for getting on the phone."