You work 13 days, and what do you get?

13 days older, and a little less in debt. (Many, many apologies to the Tennessee Ernie Ford estate).

One thing 13 shifts in a row will do is re-focus the mind, and get all that vacation happiness out of your system. I won’t say I’m February-level bitter, but the edge is back, at least in my mind. Weirdness I thought was quaint last week is now really very irritating.

And now I want to talk about the Theory Of Relativity as it applies to the Medical History:
When a question regarding timing is asked, such as “How long have you had this?” the answer shouldn’t be “I’ve had it since my Uncle got his driver’s license”. We’re all happy for your uncle, but that’s relative timing, and since none of us know your uncle or when he got the license, it’s not only not a helpful answer, it’s actually distracting (who is this person’s uncle; why didn’t he have a license before; is he driving the car parked sideways in the lot?).

The preferred method to answer would be more concrete, like “six days” or “45 minutes”. Please a little less relativity, a little more firm, concrete answers.

For those requiring more direction, I refer you to my original rant on this topic. Now, I’m going to go enjoy my day off.


  1. I hope you have a good day off! The last time I remember having a really good day, was…..I don’t know…I guess when Aunt Myrtle made that homemade butterscotch pie!..:)

  2. suzanne says:

    I’m hearing ya on the “timing is relative” issue. Sometimes I want to hand a sign on the wall in the exam room that reads: “A while” is not an answer when I ask you how long this sx has been going on.

  3. Mike Halberg says:

    If I remember correctly, the Rosen’s text quotes that chest pain after an aunt or uncle getting a drivers licence has a relative risk ratio of 4.8 putting it as a better indicator of MI than even radiation down the right arm. I am almost sure I remember that.

  4. Hmmm…my mom always makes fun of me for knowing the exact date that things occurred. When did my headache start? January 17, 2001 at 9:05am. I can’t help that I can’t forget it…but I guess now I know it’s helpful…haha ;) Hope you have a good day off!

  5. Um … and when is your next vacation … ? 0.o

  6. we all need a vacation every other week at least :) i hope tomorrow is better…

  7. nice rant. i think the last time i had that many shifts in a row was back when my dog was born……i mean 5 years ago in residency

  8. >>>
    Woops…point taken.
    Rest well.

  9. Dr. Steve says:

    That used to drive me crazy. “How long have you had that pain?” – “For a while”. “How long is that?” – “Well, not too long”. “Can you be any more specific?” “Not really”.