The other end

IT IS already 9 PM. I admit a patient for an elective coronary angiogram procedure, a short diagnostic test that maps the vessels supplying the heart and identifies where the clogs are. I phone the Cath Lab to inform the anesthesiologist that the patient is now ready for preoperative evaluation.

"Good evening, this is Dr. Catedral."

"Good evening po," says a shy sounding woman at the other end.