Friday, March 23, 2012

House Calls

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Have you ever had a doctor make a house call on either you or a family member?  Me neither. Although, Doc H did remove some stubborn sutures for me at home. Does that count?

The seemingly out-dated, impractical service of house calls has all but vanished from today's medical scene.  Deemed "too expensive" by insurance providers, the sick and elderly must make their way to their  doctor's waiting rooms despite pain, chronic illness, and whatever other ailments they endure.

Doc H has always run a very busy practice. He is always on the run...OR, breakfast meeting, clinic, department meeting, consult, emergency, rounds, assist, admin, M&M's, chief meeting, lunch meeting, dictations, emails, phone messages, phone calls, conference call, regional meeting, order CT, order MR, schedule call, schedule case, prep case, order devices, re-schedule call, cross-cover, bump case, reschedule case, counsel patient, counsel family... There's so much more; the list goes on and on and on. Just watching him run in and out of the house as if his drawers are on fire is exhausting.

In fact, I'm guessing he's not feeling that great at the moment. He came home very early by our standards and is in bed sleeping as I type. It's 6pm.

My point? Doc H is one busy, tired man. Yet, despite it all, he will still go out of his way to make an occasional house call...even if, while he's inside, yours truly is dressed up and waiting for a fancy night of wining and dining... in the passenger seat of Doc H's car.






10 comments:

  1. My son's pediatrician came to the ER at 9 at night so we wouldn't have to have him exposed to the germs at the hospital because they were taking too long. (He has an immune disorder) She seriously could have saved his life doing that. I am forever grateful to anyone who would do such a thing. You never know how you impact someone's life by doing such a thing. xxoo-Kim

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    1. Hospitals are such germy places! I get the heebie jeebies every time I go in there! I'm always looking to pump the Purell after walking around there for even 10 seconds! I'm so glad to hear you have such a thoughtful Ped!
      Best to you and your family!

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  2. It amazes me how (and if) doctors find time to have a life outside of their careers, because they're so busy taking care of everyone else! I've never needed a house call, but know my doctor would if need be, and she's in a different city now! Doctors (most of them!) are amazing individuals and your hubby sounds like one of the few that goes out of his way for people :)

    I've nominated you for an award, check out my blog!

    http://www.yeewittlethings.blogspot.ca/2012/03/tell-me-about-yourself-award.html

    Brandi

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    1. You are a SWEETHEART! Thank you so much!

      I think my husband is the bomb, but I'm biased! :)

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  3. OK ... I give - what are M&M's??? Stopping in from Friday’s bloghop and would love a follow back via GFC, Google + … I just started my Facebook page – if you get the chance to check that out as well.

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    1. I always mix it up...it's "Morbidity-Mortality" or vice-versa. Definitely not talking about the candy. :(
      Thanks for following! I'll be checking your blog out shortly!

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  4. Wow, that's great that he daoes that! Hope he feels better soon, have a great weekend! New blog hop follower! Happy to have found you! Have a great weekend! :) http://acostaeveli.blogspot.com/

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    1. A good night's sleep and all is good in the world again! Thank you!
      Can't wait to hop over to your blog!

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  5. Your hubby sounds like an amazing man! I've often wondered how they find the time to do things outside of work. I remember going into labor with my youngest and my doctor was just on his way out of town for vacation. I felt bad that he got a late start on it because he was delivering our daughter, but sure did appreciate that he didn't have a fill in doctor I didn't know deliver her.

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    1. Thank you! I always enjoying hearing positive stories from patients about their doctor. They work hard!
      Great to hear from you. :)

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