Operating on auto pilot

I spent seven years working as a cardiologist’s nurse (let’s call him Dr. Smith).  He never took the calls from the hospital nurses.  It was my job to ask the relevant questions, gather the necessary data on his patient, and present it to him.  Then I got back to the hospital nurse and gave the orders for the patient care.

My calls always began with “this is Barbara, Dr. Smith’s nurse”.  Over the years, in my head, my identity became “BarbaraDr.Smith’snurse”.  One day, when our youngest daughter was in junior high, the school called the office.  I was seeing patients, and picked up their message during a lull.  I returned their call, and when I was put through I said “Hello, this is BarbaraDr.Smith’snurse”.  There was silence on the phone, then the voice on the other end said ” and….?”  Oops!  I quickly identified myself in “mommy mode” and found out what was up with DD.



  1. Knitnana said,

    April 29, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    Sometimes auto-pilot is a good thing…Glad you recovered so well!

  2. April 30, 2009 at 1:35 pm

    I love their comeback! I’ll bet they could see themselves doing the same thing.

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