Thursday, February 7, 2008

You know you're on call too much when...

So Dr. H and I have been back in BC for the past week and a half to visit. We decided to escape to Tofino for a couple of days to recharge the batteries and are staying is a nice hotel here. It's beautiful here. The waves are huge and crash against the shore with ridiculous force, the forests are still green, the air smells like trees.

Last night, at about 4 AM our hotel room was filled with a horrible beeping sound...beep beep beep...almost like a pager. By beep number 3 both of us were awake and out of bed. A quick check of our room revealed we were not on fire, and we were dressed, grabbed our day packs and were out the door immediately. In the lobby they told us there was some smoke in one of the rooms and we'd have to wait in another building until the fire department figured it all out.

What was interesting to us was the bleary eyed folks dressed in pajamas and bath robes who straggled into the lobby behind us. It turns out that being on call is good preparation for fire alarms. It also turns out that any beeping noise can wake both Dr. H and I from a deep sleep and have us dressed out the door and ready for whatever in about 2 minutes. Clearly all those on call nights are to thank/blame...

In the end there was no fire, the cause of the smoke was undetermined. Ahh well, we'll be ready for call when we get home to Iqaluit anyways!

2 comments:

MedStudentGod (MSG) said...

I've heard some anesthesiologists talk about making an alarm clock with the sound of desaturations.

Beep...beep...boop. booooop

They'd be wide awake in no time.

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