I must say...being able to have texts and emails from my patients does make it easier to communicate. A quick question or a picture of a cut on the knee can quickly be sent over a handy phone, and I can often reassure a parent that a visit may not be necessary.
At the same time, messages from my patients make me feel more connected to them and their family. This was the case the other day when I was out of town and missed the birth of one of my newest patients. The good news? The tech savvy, mother kept me in the loop throughout her delivery!
This mom was having her 4th baby, and 1st girl after 3 boys. (hmmm....wonder if I should have had that 4th baby after all - a bit late to ponder that question?)
She sent me a quick text that she had gone into labor, but it was 3 weeks early. I had hoped to be at the hospital for her delivery as it is still fun for me to be in the delivery room. There really is nothing better than observing a delivery, as you are always a reminded of the miracle of birth.
So....out of town, missing the birth..but, she sent me a picture of her in labor, followed by quick text telling me it was almost time and then......a picture of a precious, healthy baby girl, all 7' 2" of a new life! This picture is of the new proud dad (I think she's already got him wrapped around her finger). It was almost like I was there...while still enjoying a few days at the beach.
So, one of the best parts of my job is being a part of a family and watching that family grow. Doesn't get better than that.
Congratulations to sweet baby girl Roberts. You are perfect!