May 19, 2003

This weekend I decided to turn off my cellphone. I have a blissful 5 weeks before my pager will be vibrating out of its holster by the minute, before I'll be the scut monkey for attendings and senior residents alike, before I wear white pants seven days a week, so I thought it would be nice to reduce the electronic interruptions of my life for at least a short while.

Not bad.

I just checked my messages. A lady from Asbury Park, NJ had seen a newspaper article about the Lancet paper, had somehow gotten my cellphone number, and wanted to know if her daughter could somehow take the test. I'll call her back tomorrow morning, but I don't know what to do if I start getting many such calls. I don't think I can personally answer all of these. And how did she get my cellphone number?

...Well I just called her, nice middle-aged lady just trying to help out her daughter. I think she was confusing our assay with the BRCA1/2 test available through Myriad Genetics for women at high-risk for familial breast cancers. I like talking to patients and their families, so fielding this one call wasn't bad.

Forgot to ask her if she knew Bruce Springsteen.

I must talk to people in lab about handing out my mobile number.

Posted by erich at May 19, 2003 08:09 PM
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