The hospital where I work has an extensive training program. One day a week, I get scheduled to work from home, attending online training. The hospital follows a protocol model, where everyone is expected to follow the hospital’s official guidelines when treating patients. An encyclopedic level of knowledge of those protocols is required in order to comply with this. My last hospital was more of a “come as you are” model, and I actually think that the protocol model is safer and more efficient. Still, that means there is a steep learning curve.

My wife seems to look at this as an opportunity to assign “honey do” chores for me to do, because she apparently hears the “from home” part more than the “work” part. Today, she has asked that I get laundry done, put away the dishes in the dishwasher, and fix the ice dispenser in the freezer.

Uh, you DO know that my workday begins at 8:30, right?

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D · August 8, 2023 at 9:20 am

> get laundry done, put away the dishes in the dishwasher, and fix the ice dispenser in the freezer

Just look at her, hold up your hands and in your best ‘hero voice’ say “…but honey….these are *life saving* hands. I can’t risk injuring them for the good of humanity”.

By the time she’s done laughing at you, you will have slipped away to your office and locked the door…

ChrisJ · August 8, 2023 at 9:30 am

It’s not just your wife DM. Mine does the same to me…

Danny · August 8, 2023 at 10:46 am

I recommend the “I’m stressed!” facial expression. This seems to work for me … my wife quietly goes into another room when I display the stressed look.

Anonymous · August 9, 2023 at 11:24 am

Has she ever held a job? If so then she knows perfectly well what “working” means, and there is nothing whatsoever innocent about this. You should do exactly none of these tasks during your workday, no more than you would do them on the floor of the hospital. Why is she “at home”, why does she not have her own set of workplace demands?

    Divemedic · August 9, 2023 at 11:44 am

    I didn’t say she was at home.

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