Long Time No See - The Life of a Hotel Doctor
By Mike Oppenheim, MD
"Hey, Doctor! It's been a while."
Hotel doctoring is viciously competitive, and another doctor had worked his magic, reducing calls to one or two per year. Hope springs eternal; hotels occasionally realize their mistake and return to the fold. Maybe this was a sign.
The guest had injured her leg five days earlier. The doctor had found nothing seriously wrong, but her pain persisted, and I was there because the guest had informed the hotel that she didn't want the same doctor. I called an orthopedist who agreed to see her in the office that day.
"Doctor O! How's business!" The desk clerk also recognized me. When I ask why a hotel has stopped calling, employees always respond that no one has been sick, so I've stopped asking. But I couldn't resist. The desk clerk assured me that no one had been sick.
"Long time, no see," said a parking valet, not the same one who greeted my arrival. When I responded that hotel doctoring is a dog-eat-dog business, he laughed.