Thursday, September 3, 2009

Days gone by

Back in the day we were taught that caring for patients is a privilege. And traditionally, caring for another physician or a physician's family member was considered a special privilege. Perhaps this sentiment has become obsolete. My son has been recovering from reconstructive surgery on his foot and was excited about the prospect of pin removal and application of a walking cast which would free him from the wheelchair he has been forced to use the past month. He had an appointment yesterday in San Antonio with his orthopedist, but we learned the night before that his surgeon was in fact out of town, consequently he would be seen by one of his associates. We confirmed that the plan was to remove his pins at the time of the visit. After waiting 2 1/2 hours to see the overbooked orthopedist yesterday (without any updates during that wait), my wife and son were told that it had only been three weeks (when in fact it had been four) since the surgery and that the pins would not be removed. When I questioned the surgeon by phone, he reiterated that he was only "helping out" and could not explain why the appointment had been scheduled for that day. I told him that my son (who was pretty upset by now) was in fact his patient that day and that I would appreciate it if he would stop telling me that he was just helping out, at which point he hung up on me. He proceeded to tell my wife that he had been on call the night before, had performed surgery that morning (which is what surgeons do, he added), and was seeing 42 patients in clinic. Consequently, he did not believe that he deserved the "grief" he was receiving.

Swam at Nitro yesterday morning with David, Kirk, Eric, and Tom. Clint coached.

500 swim, 300 kick, 400 pull
8 x 150 @ 2:15, 100 free/50 stroke IM order, held 1:10 pace on the freestyle
4 x 200 IM pull @ 3:15
400 IM broken :10 at the 100
200 easy

This morning I shared a lane with Tom, next to David, Steve, Larry, Eryn and Kirk. Clint coached. This was intended to be a recovery workout.

1000 swim
3 x 300 @ 4:00, swam these at a moderate pace, averaged 3:45
200 kick
500 pull
12 x 50 @ 1:00 from the middle of the pool, did 2 SDKs off the wall on each turn, averaged :31-:32
200 easy


  1. On the personal front, that is a crappy story and a bad way to be treated. I know your son has to be very upset, along with you guys.

    On the swim front, I have trouble pulling breast, seem to go almost nowhere, and nowhere slowly to boot. :31-:32 from the middle of the pool is excellent, that's moving.

  2. Thanks. As a follow up, the nurse scheduler called yesterday and said that there were no excuses for what happened, then proceeded to list several. She told us he was now scheduled for pin removal in three weeks, late on a Thursday afternoon (nothing to eat or drink until then). I thought that they could (and should) do better than that and said as much. When she called back later, she told me that the pins will be removed next week. Not surprisingly, their practice (unlike ours) does not hand out patient satisfaction surveys.