South Texas ER doctor self-isolates in his kids' treehouse

A South Texas emergency room physician has chosen a novel place to self-isolate as he's treating patients with the novel coronavirus

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

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.

“They’re within yelling distance,” Barnes said. “But I can call or go up to the glass. They know not to open the door and risk catching something.”

Of course, this self-isolation means his two sons, ages 6 and 9, lose their playhouse.

“They love that thing, but they understand, so they’re not missing the treehouse, per se,” Barnes said. “They tell me they miss me once a day.”