Thursday, December 15, 2011

Well, tonight, thank G*d it's them, instead of you...

Does anyone else think that "Do They Know It's Christmas?" is the most uncharitable "charity" song around? It's downright laughable! So much so that I can't help but wonder if there isn't meant to be some sort of sardonic undercurrent beneath the song's earnestness. I mean, there's the most awful line, the line mentioned above, then, later on, we raise a glass to everyone, including "them, underneath that burning sun." ACK! Mix in some "clanging chimes of doom" and "bitter sting of tears" and, well, I admit it, I laugh my *ss off every time I hear this song. Probably not what "Band Aid" was going for, but I digress...

The true meaning for my title really pertains to how I feel when one of my partners is on call and it isn't me. I thank G*d it is them instead of me; because we have been insanely busy. Last call I delivered 8 babies in a 24 hour shift and admitted 9, 10, and 11 in labor. All of the rooms were full and our overflow was spilling into other rooms in the hospital. I have no idea what was going on nine months ago, people, but holy geez, the babies can stop coming any old time! We are T-minus 10 days from Christmas, and I didn't have enough to do, so I thought I'd sit down and let you know that I am still alive...and mostly well...and still wishing to win the lottery so I can become independently wealthy and play internet games and get buff and be the envy of the botox set (without using botox) and never, ever be on call again. I don't think Santa can deliver that kind of present, unfortunately.

This is going to be a magical Christmas for the Whoo family. Bean is 4 and CindyLou is 7 and both are steeped in the wonder and magic of the season. Their joy and wonder is palpable. I love it. It brings a tear to my eye. We only have so many magical Christmases with them, and I happen to be on call on Christmas-flipping-Eve this year. So my Christmas wish is that none of my patients get a special Christmas delivery in the wee hours of Christmas Day morning, so I don't have to miss out on the magic this year...hopefully Santa can manage that. Merry Christmas to all 2 of you still reading out there, may your holidays be Merry, Bright, and Doom Free! :)

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Aw, enjoy your Christmas! My oldest is 9 and is sniffing out the truth about Santa. I am desperately trying to hang on until after Christmas to break the truth if for no other reason than she will immediately tell her younger sister :) Here's hoping that there are no Christmas babies headed your way!
Amy in OH

AtYourCervix said...

Merry Christmas to you too! I've been overwhelmed by how busy it is on L&D as well. Just when you think it can't get worse.........it does.

Amanda said...

Merry Christmas to you and yours! My youngest is almost 9 and we're nearing the end of the wonder, and are becoming fully steeped in avarice.

At least they're creative with it. And ambitious. Said offspring wants a mini fridge for his room. Gotta hand it to the kid. :)

Solitary Diner said...

Merry Christmas! Your comment about being on call on Christmas Eve has made me less bitter about *only* having five days of holidays. Here's hoping that all the pregnant ladies defer their labours until after the holiday.

Iowa Sunshine said...

I hope your Christmas wish is granted and you can spend more time witnessing the magic with your children. I've never really listened to the Band Aid song lyrics --- yikes!!

dr lasermed said...

I hope you get to be home for some of the magic this year, too. If I could, I would come take your call. The little ones are so much fun at Christmas.

You still have readers - we wait for you to have time to write. Now we know why.

Margaret Polaneczky, MD (aka TBTAM) said...

Merry Christmas - and best wishes for a wonderful new year to you and your family.

Peggy

rural_obgyn said...

We've missed you...at least you are only on call every n'th day/night instead of almost all the time the way you used to be. Enjoy your Christmas Day and make those memories!

Kyla said...

Merry Christmas!

Megan said...

Here's hoping for a dead triage and L & D unit for 12/24!

mamadoc said...

Is Bean 4? Really? Sorry you have to be on call. Next year you'll have some leverage NOT to do that at least. Merry Christmas and thanks for everything that you are and do.

barefootmeds said...

8 babies in 24 hours... I am beyond jealous. The most i have caught in 24 hours is four... Obs was my favourite rotation in third year, and I have Gynae coming up this year.