“How quick can be in Costa Mesa?” asked the dispatcher for Expressdoc, a housecall agency. The call got me out of bed at 11 p.m.
“In about an hour.”
“Can’t you make it earlier?”
“Costa Mesa is forty miles away. How sick is he?”
“He has back pain. He wants to go to an emergency room, but we said we could send a doctor. Let me see if he’ll wait.”
After fifteen minutes passed, I phoned the agency.
“I’ve been trying to reach him, but it looks like he’s gone to the hospital. If he comes back, is it OK to call you?”
“No. If he comes back, tell him I’ll be happy to see him in the morning.”
I have no objection to being awakened to make a housecall, but I don’t want to be awakened twice. After breakfast, I phoned the guest. He hadn’t gone to the emergency room, but he was feeling better.