I’ve made it here

From the Triage nurses: I’ve made it.

More and more patients present themselves at triage, and when asked “Who’s your regular doctor”, they say “GruntDoc”.  Nice to be noticed, I suppose…sorta flattering, and yet…

We have a doc in the group who’s been practicing EM in the county for about 30 years, and roughly half the county identifies him as their doc.  I’ll never catch him, thank goodness.

So, it’s taken me 8 years, but I’m There.

Wow, 8 years, this week.  I hadn’t realized it until I typed that out.

The Move from Midland (nice place, tough job), the Unsettled period, the Money Pit (a work in progress), youngest through and out of grade school and a year of college, eldest married off and a second grandchild, middle through the Rough Patch of his own and now through Law School, several iterations of “pent-up consumerism”, and some cruises.  Another college degree for me.  Not last my lovely wife who puts up with me through it all.

Also, the best EM job on Earth, bar none.  Busy, well supported, excellent colleagues and above-average consultants (and totally awesome nurses, techs, secretaries, etc), I totally lucked out on landing this job.  I had no idea how good it would be, and hope to work here until I’m tired of it, and not they’re tired of me.

Life is Really Good.  Seriously Good.

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Mrs. Fred says:

    Sounds like your version of Happily Ever After! Glad to know so many positives surround you.

  2. Mrs. Fred says:

    Happy Anniversary!

  3. Glen in Odessa says:

    From Texas Medicaid Manual:

    For providing a medical home to enrolled clients, participating primary care providers are paid traditional fee-for-service rates plus an additional $5.00 per patient, per month for those who selected them as their primary care provider.

    These patients have selected YOU. Why shouldn’t you get the $5/month?

    Would make as much sense as anything else in the TMHP program.

  4. doc Russia says:

    Very good to hear that you are a made man! [chuckle]
    Some day I hope to end up where you are, but for right now there are battles I have yet to hardly win.
    Had another ED thoracotomy last night. It’s turning into a tradition.

  5. AuntSusie says:

    Congrats – on ALL fronts!