What would you do if you called your husband on his cell phone and, after a few rings, you hear an unfamiliar woman's voice answer?
"Dr. Smith's phone. This is Nurse Betty."
"Ummm..., hi. This is Emma, his wife."
"Is he in the OR?"
"Yes, we are. Can I ask him a question for you?"
"Ummm... (should I really ask what I need to ask?), how long will you be?"
"We started an hour ago and have about six hours to go."
"Well, that answers my question." (Not really. That wasn't my question.)
"Can I ask him anything else?"
I quickly contemplate asking the question I really need to ask.
I picture my husband doing something like this..
surrounded by a team like this...
I imagined my question flying across the OR, landing on the ears of the other doctors and nurses... "DOC H, YOUR WIFE IS ASKING IF PAYING $250 FOR A CAR BATTERY IS TOO MUCH? AND, SHE'S STRANDED AT THE CAR DEALERSHIP AND IS ASKING IF YOU CAN PICK HER UP?"
"Ummm... no, thank you, Nurse Betty. That's all. Bye."
In case you missed "You Know You're a Surgeon's Wife When...(Vol. 1), you can read it here.