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Lives of Doctor Wives: Call nights

Monday, June 22, 2009

Call nights

If we already talked about this and I missed it, I'm sorry. It has been a crazy couple of months. My question is, "What do you do when your hubby is on-call?" Specifically, how do you sleep?? I think Brad's pager went off 6 times last night. I know he's on call, but that doesn't mean I should lose sleep too. Or does it? Don't get me wrong, I am SUPER grateful that he has at-home call, and I wouldn't want him sleeping at the hospital or on the couch. I thought about ear plugs, but I am not comfortable with not being able to hear my kids or alarm clocks. I know I can't be the only one experiencing this, so what do you do? And again, if you already talked about this, sorry! Just direct me to the discusssion. :o)

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Blogger aj said...

well, we are lucky enough to have a four bedroom house, with the kids upstairs. whenever r was on call (or snoring horribly) i would go upstairs to sleep, and i could hear the kids cause they were right down the hall. if you don't have another room? make him sleep on the couch? or sleep on the floor in one of your kiddos rooms? or earplugs? and he wakes you in the morn or if the kids wake in the night?

you do get used to it too...the last time he had home call i didn't even hear the pager go off! he get's up and goes into the other room right away so i don't wake up and so he can get onto the computer and look up records.

hope that helps!

June 22, 2009 at 3:32 PM  
Blogger Jessi said...

I, too, sleep in another room since the computer is housed in our bedroom. I'm already having a hard time sleeping (pregnancy insomnia), so I try to sleep far, far away from the dreadful alarm of the pager or I mine as well be the one answering the pages. *wink*

Sorry, I have no suggestions other than not sleeping with your husband on those nights. Hope you can find a solution.

Glad to see that we're not the only ones blessed with home-call...it certainly makes being on-call more bearable.

June 22, 2009 at 4:43 PM  
Blogger Doc's Girl said...

I feel guilty now. :-(

I have slept through all but 2 pages (that I can remember) in the 3 years of J being on call. I sleep the sleep of the dead as Jason tells others, unless I am sick or something. :-P

But...there are nights where his snoring gets to me and I've invested in good earplugs, which help...

June 22, 2009 at 5:10 PM  
OpenID joz1234 said...

I'm just wishing for homecall.
I guess if he is in a fellowship next year, he will have homecall.

For now I stay up late on call nights because I hate going to bed alone...and then I wake up way too early because the boys went to bed on time, of course. ;)

June 22, 2009 at 9:22 PM  
Blogger Amanda said...

We've been lucky that, if my husband's really busy on a call night, he stays at the hospital rather than try to come home in the middle of the night only to go back in. When he hasn't been busy, he's only had one or two calls in the middle of the night, so even though they wake me up, I'm usually able to go back to sleep. Our son's bed is in our room because we're trying to transition him from co-sleeping with us. On the nights Hubby has to stay at the hospital, I tend to let our son sleep with me if he wakes up because it seems to help both of us sleep. Bad habit, I know! I'm waiting for a night when Hubby doesn't have to go in, but gets lots of calls for non-emergency things. I have a feeling I'll be moving to the guest room, or vice versa, when that happens.

June 25, 2009 at 10:44 PM  
Blogger Old MD Girl said...

I'm pretty sure hubby will sleep in another room when I have at home call in the future. It's just better that way. Kind of like having 2 blankets.

July 6, 2009 at 7:38 PM  

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