Apr 30, 2010
I think it was the comedian Larry the Cable Guy who popularized the saying "Git-er-done." We used to love the Nike ad which said "Just Do It." I had that one under my medical school yearbook picture. Both phrases hit home with me because I try to be a man of action. I find great joy in getting things done and I guess that's why I sometimes have a hard time taking it easy on vacation. (That is something I'm really working on though - so I don't get burned out someday.)
Last week, one of my cataract surgery patients had to take a cab to the surgery center, since her family lived far away and she didn't have a ride. Her surgery went perfectly well, but I discovered that the surgery center had a policy of not releasing patients to go home in a cab by themselves. After much discussion, no one could find anyone to come and take her home, so I had her wait 30 minutes until I finished my last case, and I took her home in my minivan. She had a very safe driver (me), a very safe vehicle (5-star rated Sienna) and we had a nice little chat.
It's not something I do everyday. I did the same thing last year for a cataract surgery patient that drove in by himself from out of town and stayed at the cute little motel near my office. Sometimes you just have to get things done and it's nice to be able to help.