On-call woes

My associate and I ended up with Labor Day weekend call duty this year for our veterinary emergency co-op.  We have 6 participating clinics in the area, and we share call duties on weeknights, and rotate weekends.  There are 6 major holidays that we rotate, as well.  I’ve been on-call since yesterday morning, and my associate takes over at noon today.  At least it’s raining today (naturally, it’s a Sunday, and I might otherwise have been able to get some painting done on the outside of the building!) so hopefully it won’t be so busy.  Yesterday was an absolute nightmare of phone calls.  I received 20 calls yesterday alone!  Not many of them were actual emergencies that needed to be seen, but as you can imagine, having to talk 20 different people through their animal crises can be rather exhausting.

This morning I’ve only had to talk to 3 so far, and I was able to give a good report to the owner of a hospitalized case, so it’s a good day.  I’m looking forward to handing call over to my colleague soon!

2 Responses to “On-call woes”

  1. JJC says:

    Biilie was nice enought to handle most of these calls without her husband, who got to watch 3 quarters of the PSU game before being called in to help.

    This makes up for Typhoid Billie giving both her husband and her associate vet a bad cold. Naptime – anyone?

    Someday Billie should write a booklet on entertaining phone calls gotten during emergency duty. She had us all in stitches this morning relating some particularly ridiculous ones to us.

    Here’s a emergency call template:

    My dog did ________ (insert something all dogs do) and isn’t his/herself. I’d like a doctor to see it, but don’t have any money. What do you mean I have to go all the way to Littleton to see you?

  2. Billie says:

    I’d love to share some of those calls, but I think that would be a breach of doctor-client confidentiality. Too many of you would recognize yourselves!

    I don’t think I agree with the “Typhoid Billie” accusation. We were all in the same crowded theater at the same time. I can’t help it if I’m just wimpy and came down with it first!