On-call evenings

I can pinpoint my favorite moment of all time.

It was when I turned in my pager at the end of my residency.

I was thrilled to be finished with my on-call time. True, I was still in the beginning of my PhD research. I had lots of long days and late nights ahead of me. Put planned long days and late nights.

No more 2 am phone calls with cows in labor or colicky horses! Hooray!

Then I got married.

To a veterinarian.

To a large animal vet.

Who takes emergency calls.

(In case you forgot, my residency was in large animal medicine.)

Can you guess what this means? It means that I often get asked to help with emergencies. Small and large.

Hm. I meant small animal and large animal emergencies. But I suppose there are also emergencies that are small or large as well.  I help with them all!

One night I helped with a Labrador puppy who was playing too rough with siblings and got his eyes proptosed. (Kind of gross. It was before I was blogging, and have no photo. Know what a pug looks like all the time – kind of surprised? It’s like that, but more pronounced.)

I have helped with a few emergency C-sections on dogs.

I have helped with an emergency C-section on our own cows, and emergency care of our sick calves.

Last night I helped with a Pygmy goat C-section. On the tailgate of the vet truck. At 10:00pm. (At least it wasn’t 2:00 am!)

Although I do not have a pager, I still have a husband!

Bring on the emergencies!!

Before midnight, please.

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2 Responses to On-call evenings

  1. Leontien says:

    Everytime we have to call a vet i feel bad because it always happens at the wrong time (weekends, in the middle of the night or holidays) but also relieved, because i know our cows will be much better of having the expert there and be in good hands, so in the end it’s all worth it…

    • Leontien, animals and kids both have a knack for getting sick on weekends, nights, and holidays! Don’t feel bad calling a vet on emergency – that’s what we’re here for. (Don’t tell anyone, but there’s something rewarding about being able to make a difference for an animal and an owner in the middle of the night!)

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