One day when I was in the middle of a vacation, it was the last day at work for a friend of mine and they were having a special potluck breakfast for her at the nurse's station. So I decided to come by for an hour in the morning with cinnamon buns and my toddler to bid my friend goodbye.
I was glad I came to see her, and also my daughter had a great time, plus I got to show her off. But when I was there about half an hour, a nurse came up to me holding some pills and said, "Can I ask you a question?"
I said, "No, I'm on vacation. I'm not really here."
The nurse said, "It's just a quick question about a patient."
Then about three other people said, "No! She's not here! She's on vacation!"
The nurse gave me an exasperated look and said, "You're really not even going to answer a question?"
Then someone told her to go page the attending on the floor.
I mean, was I wrong? I was sitting there with my two year old child, chatting with friends, on my freaking vacation. Why should I have to answer non-urgent medical questions about patients I hadn't even seen in several days? But she seemed so irritated I wouldn't do it. It made me wonder if I should have just been nice and helped her.
(For the record, two of the people chatting with me were practitioners AND were working, and somehow she only asked me.)