Death, taxes and pager batteries
Why is it that pager batteries only fail at night, when you are on call.
After getting into bed at 11:30 after going to the Pirates game, I was awakened at 11:45 by the "low battery" beep. At this point, I still get a big adrenaline rush when the pager goes off. Maybe with a few more years as an attending where the worst it can mean is talking on the phone* and that will go away, but for now I'm awake for a 1/2 hour calming down.
Often when the battery gets low the beep is only every few hours, but it went off again right after I got back to sleep. So I went downstairs and got a displacement. Somhow I managed to set the alarm for 2AM (I kid you not) so I got another jolt awake, this time convinced it was a real page.
*As a fellow, every page carried with it the possibility of having to head into the ED and see someone.