Karey and I wrote this after sharing a registrar post on the acute inpatient ward in Wellington Hospital. There had been some scepticism as to our ability to do this effectively. We took half a day each. Karey expressed milk for our firstborn. In the middle of the day we handed our son in one direction and a list of patients and jobs in the other. “He has had x to eat and slept for about an hour at eleven” in exchange for “Mr Y is newly admitted with depression and hallucinations, so-and-so needs bloods…” Etc. It worked. Not just from our perspective, but according to the team as well – at least that is what they said. There was one key person whose perspective we never obtained until it had faded from his memory…..