2:32 AM: * bleeeeep bleeep bleeeep *
Fumbling, doctor finds pager and pushes display button.
"Please call Charlene x1234 re: rm 3125."
Doctor thinks: Hmmm, Charlene. Room 3125. But which hospital? Begins to make calls.
* Brriiiiing. Brriiiiing. Brriiiiing. Brriiiiing. Brriiiiing. Click.
"If you'd think this is an emergency, please dial 911..."
* Briiiiing brinnnng briiiiing.... Click. *
"Hi, this is Doctor Fisher, returning your page?"
"Doctor Fisher, calling about a patient in room 3125?"
"I'm sorry, you must have the wrong number..." * Click *
* Brriiiiing. Brriiiiing. Brriiiiing. Brriiiiing. Brriiiiing. Click. *
"Hello, this is Doctor Fisher calling for Charlene regarding the patient in Room 3125."
"Are you taking care of Mr. Jones in 3125?"
"I'm covering for Electrophysiology, I have no idea who resides in room 3125, but I'm returning a call for the Cardiac Electrophysiology service for Charlene."
"You're not orthopedics?"
"What was your name again?"
"Oh, I'm sorry, I was looking for Dr. Fish."
* Click *
* Sigh *
Wow, you've just captured the essence of every third page I received as an intern in internal medicine. Bravo. :)
[phone keeps ringing until picked up]
Hey, is Charlene there?
This is, iss, is her.
Great! I was wondering how Mr. Jones did last night. Since I was at work I thought I would just check in to see how he did.
What did he eat last night? I tell him to eat more fiber but he just insists on colace. How often did he use his PCA?
Buueaaa, I am, I am, I am home sleeping!
I know but since I was awake I just thought I would check in to see how things went.
[Ohhhh, if only we could....]
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