(With apologies to Harry Chapin)
A child arrived just the other day. He came to the world in the usual way..."I had the most amazing case today! His heart rate was so slow..."
"Doctor, we're impressed at how things are going."
He learned to walk while I was away..."Thanks for helping out when we were short-staffed..."
There were planes to catch and bills to pay, he learned to walk while I was away."You've had a good month. You should see your bonus with your next paycheck."
He was talking before I knew it..."We're thinking about opening a new lab at our other hospital. We'd like you to help us with the design..."
My son turned ten just the other day..."Just a little longer, honey, I've got to finish this talk..."
He said, "Thanks for the ball, Dad, come on let's play..."I'll try and make it, but today's schedule looks horrible."
Can you teach me to throw, I said "Not today... I got a lot to do.""Doctor, your next available new-patient appointment is in two months. You have no open appointments. Should we double-book her?"
Well, he came home from college just the other day..."Your privileges may be suspended if you don't complete your two chart deficiencies."
"We need someone to teach EKGs to third year medical students."
Son, I'm proud of you, can you sit for a while?"Another good month. Your top-box scores are better, too."
What I'd really like, Dad, is to borrow the car keys. See you later, can I have them, please?"Congrats on your pregnancy, Ms. Wonder Nurse! Don't worry about a thing, we've needed to cross-train our other staff anyway..."
I called him up just the other day..."Doctor Frigamafratz's daughter needs an appointment before going back to college..."
I said, "I'd like to see you if you don't mind.""Are you on call again this weekend?"
He said, "I'd love to, Dad, if I can find the time.""When you get done with clinic, I was wondering if you could see two consults at Hospital OverThere? Oh, and don't forget the 7 am meeting tomorrow."
And as I hung up the phone it occurred to me, my boy was just like me.-Wes
P.S.: The inspiration for this post.