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An ER Doctor In Texas Has Been Living In His Children's Treehouse In Order to Self Isolate


CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — A South Texas emergency room physician has chosen a novel place to self-isolate as he’s treating patients with the novel coronavirus.

Dr. Jason Barnes made a temporary home of his children’s treehouse in the backyard of the family’s Corpus Christi home.

Let me get this off my chest real quick, I didn't think treehouses actually existed. I've gone through my entire life without ever having seen one in person. They just kind of seemed like one of those made-up things that were only in TV shows and movies, a tall tale of sorts. Boy was I wrong. Little would I know, treehouses are very much real and aren't exclusive to the likes of Bart Simpson. 

This revelation led me to a whole heap of questions. Questions such as "did my parents hate me as a child" or "am I the only one who didn't know about treehouses" and even "why did no one ever tell me that I could hammer a couple of wooden boards to a tree and be able to escape the restraints of reality for a few hours without someone getting on my back?" Whatever the answers to those questions are, I now know that treehouse exists and I feel cheated. But this blog isn't about me and what I missed out on as a child, carrying on.

Barnes, a 39-year-old physician at Christus Spohn Hospital Beeville and Christus Spohn Hospital South in Corpus Christi, told the Corpus Christi Caller-Times that he has spent nearly three weeks in the cabin treehouse and often shouts down to his kids if he needs something — or sometimes walks up to the back picture window door of their home to make his request.

Who would've ever thought that a treehouse could be used for more than reading comic books and sneakily looking at playboy magazines (sorry if any of my treehouse activities seem disingenuine, just going off what I've seen in movies and tv shows)? Certainly not me. Based on prior premonitions I thought these were merely romper rooms so that kids could leave their parents alone. Nope, this one is actually being put to good use. Dr. Jason Barnes has a safe place to isolate himself from his family in these trying times. 

I can hardly imagine the stress he and his family are going through every day as he's an ER doctor during this whole COVID-19 outbreak. You see some photos and videos online but it's hard to get a real grasp on just how much these people are doing. While it isn't the perfect solution, the treehouse probably helps a lot with that stress. It kind of gives his family some sort of comfort knowing that they aren't constantly risking a chance of catching coronavirus. 

While the visual/thought of a middle-aged man living in a treehouse for several weeks is objectively very funny, he's doing it for all the right reasons. If he was living up there on his own, without the global pandemic, it would be an all-time story. He just gets his kids to fetch whatever he needs from inside and bring it out. No skin off his back. Nothing but peace and quiet in your little ole treehouse. Sadly, his little vacation from the family came because of coronavirus so I doubt he'd be up there otherwise. 

I say all of this about living in a treehouse but I'm sure the novelty of it goes away very quickly. It's probably fun for the first few nights but by the time you've spent three weeks in there, I'm sure you just want out. That and his kids are probably pissed that dad is hogging the treehouse. 

Hopefully, for Dr. Barnes and the rest of the world, this little staycation can end sooner rather than later.