Dating an er doctor
We never have to go to a doctor's office, because we have our own doctor at home. Secondly, we see doctors because my husband tends to not be home at the times when we most need a doctor! He can prescribe us medicine anytime we want/need it. Knowing that a husband/father can do their own medical research and be involved in our medical treatment offers peace of mind. Once again, sorry if this ruins any fantasies, but nope nope nope. But truth is -- we wives don't learn medicine by osmosis, and I don't have five percent of my husband's brains. It is true that I studied Sports Medicine in College, and that I helped Dave study in medical school by reading his medical textbooks out loud while he drove us all over the state of Oregon (which put me to sleep every single time) so I might have picked up a thing or two. I'm so thankful that this is another no -- it's not true at all!
It never fails, if a kid is going to break an arm, cut open his face or come down with a weird rash -- their dad will be (you guessed it) working at the hospital. It just doesn't always save me at least a phone call to the doctor's office. I go shopping all of the time, and we hang out at country clubs. Some medical specialists do make great money, and others make okay money. Once again, this is a serious issue with many medical specialties (thinking surgeons especially) but not for us.
We met and married fairly quickly, then not long after we got married, he was accepted into medical school.
Then, he (we) survived four years of medical school in Oregon, and then three years of residency here in Hawaii.
So I usually call him, and sometimes send him i Phone photos, and it never fails, he says to . It is true that there are times that Dave is home at just the right time, and we have skipped many a trip to the ER because he could rule out infection, cancer (that's me -- everything is cancer) and so on. But the fact is, if you are like most of us, you come out of medical school and residency with enough student loans to last a lifetime. Most women I know married to family doctors have to work outside the home as well to make ends meet (at least here in Hawaii, where the cost of living is insanely high). Dave considered many factors (family, sleep, surfing) when he choose his specialty, and I am forever grateful. I raised my first three kids for a few years mostly as a single mom.
He has superglued a few cuts, and he even (warning -- this one is "personal") performed O. checks on me to see how far dilated my cervix was while I was laboring with one of my four kids, because it was middle of the night, and he did NOT want to go to the hospital and miss his sleep if he didn't have to (T. His particular schedule provides him a lot of family time actually. I thought I might die, but we survived, and -- thank God!
Two major players in the ER are the trauma surgeons and the emergency room doctors, also known as emergency medical specialists.
"They're very well trained in that initial stabilization and the majority of patients with minor trauma are largely managed by emergency room physicians," says Dr. Trauma surgeons, on the other hand, are not routinely stationed in the ER, but will come if patients fall into certain categories, such as low blood pressure after a car accident, or if the ER patients need emergency surgery to save their life or prevent long-lasting or permanent damage.
When possible, the trauma surgeon is in the ER with the ER doctor when severely injured patients arrive. If the patient needs to be admitted, the trauma surgeon assumes primary responsibility for the patient's care, and provides follow-up care.
It is true that Dave works many holidays, and does have at least one all-night shift a month.
But in light of all of his time off, I cannot complain (well, sometimes I still complain, but I shouldn't).