Hey, Dr. Family Member, Can You Help Me with That?

When you go into medicine, some things are a given:

  • You will study hard
  • You will work long hours and lose sleep
  • You will get weird text messages from your family

Okay, maybe that last one wasn’t a thing when I went to med school. After all, emails were just surfacing. But it is now.

So if you become a doctor, you will get text messages like these:*

c diff

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pain in neck

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bumps on neck


But that’s cool. I’m happy to be of service. Questions about colons don’t bother me. Neither do questions about prostates, though, as a pediatrician, I might not be your best resource.

See diagram below:

(Original images from Wikipedia)

(Original images from Wikipedia)

Sound familiar?

You probably experience the same thing. Whether lawyer or mechanic, hair stylist or information technologist, stay-at-home parent or grandparent, your friends and family members likely seek your expertise.

But now that I’ve ventured into fiction (and its associated duties like promotion and publishing blog posts about colons and prostates), who’s going to text me about writing?**

Well, funny you should ask …

(And let’s pretend you did.)


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It’s good to see I can be useful in both worlds. One always likes to be needed. But if these men start texting me questions about their prostates, I’m outta here.

What types of expertise requests do you get?

*Yes, these first three texts are real.

**No, these last three texts are not real.

(Thank you to my family for letting me have some fun with these messages. You’re good sports.)

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Rubin4Carrie Rubin is the author of Eating Bull and The Seneca Scourge. For full bio, click here.





284 Responses to “Hey, Dr. Family Member, Can You Help Me with That?”

  1. bzirkone

    Found you on Random bits of trial and error. Lucky me. I’ve been having this weird sensation on the back of my arm… just kidding. My daughter graduated nursing school recently so I hound her with my weird sensations. Her only response anymore is, “Go to the doctor mom, sheesh.” Anyway…love your blog. I wrote a thing about nursing that you might enjoy (and I was just kidding when I said the thing about doctors).


    • Carrie Rubin

      Thank you so much for reading. Nice of you to stop by! Congrats on your daughter’s recent graduation. She picked a great field in terms of always being able to find a job.

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  2. Soul Gifts

    Found you through randombitsofthisandthat – glad I did ! Having gracefully, and thankfully, retired people no longer think I can psychoanalyze them on sight (I was a mental health nurse). Such a relief…….little do they know 🙂


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