Monday, November 18, 2013

Dear Residents,

Dear Residents,

I understand my husband is your Attending. I understand your wanting and need to impress upon him your diligence, your competence, your outstanding ability to care for his patients when he is out of hospital. I get it. Really. I do.

However, if you are about to hit "SEND" on a text that begins with "FYI-", please take pause to consider the day and take a glance at a clock.

You see, dear Resident, your attending sleeps with his phone right by his bed. In turn, that means I sleep with his phone. I'm sure you get the picture, right?

FYIs at dark-thirty in the morning are not received well. Emergent issues are that, and are dealt with at anytime, but FYIs? Not really.

So, I propose the following:

Compost the text.
Set an alarm on your phone for a decent hour, considering it is the weekend and your attending IS NOT on-call (say 9am, for instance).
When the alarm chimes, hit "SEND".

I assure you, your attending will appreciate it.

Your Attending's Wife will appreciate it even more.




21 comments:

  1. Lol! That's funny and horrible all at the same time!

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  2. LOL. You wrote this at 6:30 am. I am guessing a resident interrupted your sleep.

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    1. I wrote it on Sunday morning. It was still pitch dark outside. I never went back to sleep. :(

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  3. While I understand entirely how annoying it is to be woken in the middle of the night, I also understand (and sometimes am) the resident who sends the middle of the night FYI text. Every attending has different ideas of what is important enough to notify them of in the morning, and I've been yelled at a number of times for not notifying attendings about something, so I'm now at the point where I will interrupt the attending's sleep if I think it's something he or she may want to know about.

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    1. Ughhhhhhhh.... wouldn't be nice if there were some universal guidelines/rules???

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    2. Hahahahaha. A bunch of independent, arrogant attendings who each think their way is the best coming together and reaching consensus about something? Hahahhahahaha. Good one...

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  4. Great idea! Maybe they could have a different ring for FYI and another for emergency. Then you both could learn to tune the FYI's out:-)

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    1. Once again, Jane, you've demonstrated your brilliance remarkably!! That would be awesome!

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  5. OK, so when I started working as a nurse, ummm.. a mere 5 months ago, I was terrified to have to call doctors - ESPECIALLY since I'm a night shift nurse ;)
    luckily...
    at least one of our residents is always at the hospital - crisis averted!!

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    1. Oh no!!! I'd be scared to make the call, too!!! I would've done exactly the same thing! HAHAHA!

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  6. This ranks up there with home call. I am the lightest sleeper and sometimes ill have to wake my husband up to tell him he got a text. I'm jealous of the wives who's hubs sleep in the spare room during call. Mine never has (sigh).

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    1. My husband won't sleep in another room, nor will I. We love our Tempurpedic mattress too much to give it up! We may have to break down eventually and get another! :(

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    2. Yep thats us! The damn mattress is one of our biggest and best purchases ever. Although an actual full nights sleep may be worth more-guess I'll never know.

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  7. My ex-husband was the president of a small company and had to be available all the time. He slept with his phone on MY pillow because I was more likely to pick it up than he was. Ironically, that's how I discovered he was cheating on me because one of his employees was contacting him on his personal phone rather than his business phone and her number was entered under the name of his nephew. How often does a 14 year old boy refer to his uncle as "my lover" via text? Anyways...

    My brother has the same problem. He's a pastor and has a masters in counseling so he is the one who gets called when someone is having a crisis. His phone HAS to stay on and he HAS to check it when it goes off. So these people who send goofy forward texts wake him up and aggravate the stew out of him.

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    1. Okay. I'm so sorry about your ex, but his idiocy is laughable. Man, he was an idiot on so many different levels, huh??

      Your poor brother! I feel for him! I do. I do!

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  8. From a med/ped resident wife, I'm jealous that you guys have at home call. So can't wait for that day ;-). It is sort of bizarre they text since an emergency would go to the attending on call in the hospital or via page and usually FYI stuff gets sent via e-mail or face to face. Maybe surgeons do things differently. I get annoyed with the accidental pages that come on nights off although I've almost learned to tune them out. "Oops, we didn't realize you weren't on call tonight."

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    1. If there's an emergency on one of his patients, the on-call attending will call/page my husband, because he always wants to know about emergencies on his patients...especially if they are already in-house. Any stray emergency pages are usually a hospital operator error. :(
      I'm jealous you've learned to tune out all the noise. I can't. In fact, sometimes I have to wake my husband. Whatever noise it is.. I'm up the rest of the night. It's horrible!

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  9. Ummm, isn't that what email is for??? Something that Dr. H needs to know immediately can be sent via text or by phone call/voicemail. If it could wait while he checks out at the grocery store (or rolls over to sleep for another FIVE hours), send it via email so it won't interrupt him. There's a reason that there are different forms of communication.

    But I understand really. When I was having very bad depression, I had a classmate who let me call him at any hour of the day or night. It was a godsend really. But when I was just calling him to ask what his favorite color was or if he had done the homework yet, I very quickly learned to ask him if this was a good time to talk. Because he would walk out of a meeting or class or whatever he was doing to take a call from me. And sometimes, it really could just wait an hour or a day.

    Abigail

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