Dear Snarky Advice Lady,
I am a psychiatrist. This morning I woke up with the flu, and I now have to cancel my appointments for the day. It’s 6:30 in the morning. Is it ok to call my clients now, given that they’re all mothers with small babies?
Dear Dr. E.,
It is NEVER okay to call people at 6:30 a.m. When I heard the phone ring this morning and looked at the clock, my first thought was, who died? That thought woke me up so completely that I was unable to get back to sleep. And as you know, sleep deprivation is a huge risk factor for postpartum depression. “First do no harm”, my backside!
You have shown an appalling lack of common sense. Next time, leave a voicemail for your receptionist and ask her to cancel your morning appointments. Or get with the twenty-first century and send a text message or email to your first patients of the day.
But never, EVER call me at 6:30 again. Ever.
Oh, and feel better soon.
– SAL (Snarky Advice Lady)