Sunday, June 6, 2010

Sunday morning, 6:47 a.m.

My cell phone rings. It's the hospital ID.

Dr. Grumpy: "This is Dr. Grumpy."

Ms. Huc: "Hi, I'm calling from 7-East. Did you get a consult on Mr. Whacky on Friday?"

Dr. Grumpy: "Yes, but when I spoke to the internist he told me it had been written by mistake, and that they didn't need a neurologist. So I didn't see him."

Ms. Huc: "Ohhhhh... I was just looking through the chart, and trying to figure out why you didn't see him."

Dr. Grumpy: "Do they need him seen now? I can come in later today."

Ms. Huc: "Hang on, let me ask his nurse." (pause) "No, never mind. He went home last night."


Anonymous said...

annoying, yes. but the attention to detail by people like case managers can keep a hospital afloat, and will also make sure that the consult you forgot to tab gets billed and paid. to you.

Claude said...

Go back to sleep, dear Dr.Grumpy. This was the night shift calling. I've done a lot of them. The mind is a bit groggy at the end of the shift. You shouldn't be on call 24-hour-a-day. Put "9-to-9-unless-death" after your name.

The Mother said...

You were up at six anyway, right? When my kids were that age, my house erupted at 6. Teenagers, now, they don't wake up. Ever.

Kat's Kats said...

::snerk:: (14 yo boy & girl who'll be 17 in Aug)

This is at 10:00 during vacation or weekends
Me: Wake up.
Eitherchild: Why?
Me: You need to get up and take your meds.
Eitherchild: I'm tired!!!
Me: What time did you go to sleep last night?
Eitherchild: I dunno...
Me: You need to get up now.
Eitherchild: Okay.

Repeat on the half hour until noon or 1300. Unless, of course, they are going somewhere they wish to go. ::rolls eyes::

Added to that, the phone conversation sounds like my teenagers as well!!

oh dear!! verification word... ruisms!

Anonymous said...

mother- i too am sure gumpy was up long before 0647. showered and on his second diet coke. and ready to blog. yay.

Anonymous said...

oh, and i was asleep last night before my teenager was up.

The Bus Driver said...

The days i pray to sleep in, my phone rings a bazillion times.

Unknown said...

*Picard facepalm*

The Duchess said...

You get non-emergent calls at the oddest times. I would think the hospital would have a "no-call" restriction for early morning hours unless it is an emergency. I am far from nice when I'm woken for anything other than an emergency!

Filet-o-bitch RPh said...

Yep-that is what I call a WOT=waste of time. You will never get those 30 secs back, Doc. sigh

Christine said...

7-east is a neuro floor at my hospital. Do I know you?

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