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The Perils of Dating In Medicine

Why I'm Single?

Me:

”Looking forward to meeting you tonight! I hope you’re having a great day!.”

Me:

 “I’m done at work – I’m going to go home and change. 8:30 at [redacted] still work for you?”

Him:

 “Ya, that will work perfect.”

Me:

 “I am so so so sorry – I just heard from the ER and I might have to do surgery on somebody. I’m going to the ER right now. I’d hate for you to get to [redacted] and wait. This is not me blowing you off, though I know it probably sounds like it. Any chance we could try for tomorrow?”

Him:

“It’s no big deal… BTW if you ever did want to blow someone off, you literally have the best excuse.”

And the worst part is:

I had emergency cases two nights in a row and had to cancel plans twice with the same guy, before leaving town for a week.

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Single With Scalpel is a Pediatric Otolaryngology fellow who tweets about life, humor, and medical education. She blogs here when 140 characters simply aren’t enough.

2 Comments

  1. I can’t even imagine 🙁 I always thought my job got in the way of my dating life (work/life balance ain’t so great here in NYC) but this…this is extra challenging. I’m sure most (decent) men would understand, though! Just frustrating for you, I’m sure.

    • Thanks for the comment, Allison! Surgery disrupts my dating life in ways that range from irritating to hilarious. Thankfully, people are fairly understanding – and if they’re not, we shouldn’t date anyway!

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