One of the things that I hate most about call from home is having our husband/father taken away from us because someone had too much to drink and fallen down a flight of stairs, or had an auto accident while intoxicated, or jumped off a balcony because they thought they could fly. Those are all real reasons why the doctor has been called into the ER in the middle of the night for a head/neck/back consult. I hear the stories all the time, which leads me to believe that 2 out of 3 calls he takes are due to alcohol consumption.
I would love to tell these people how I really feel. Do they have any idea how their actions affect others? I know they don't care and they will never see the situation from my point of view, but darn it don't we count. Is it fair that their actions may mean that my husband will get less sleep, see less of his family, and be out on the road with all the other drunks in the middle of the night? Ok, that might be a little over board.
If they must drink to excess and harm themselves can't they do it during the day instead of at night? Is that too much to ask? Probably, yes. So we'll continue to sacrifice sleep and time with family so they can freely consume without regard for the doctors wife. Selfish of me, isn't it.