Day 1 of Surgery
Today is first day of surgery but like each morning we are well fed with food for the body and food for the spirit. Our devotion, led by Pastor Craig, included Dr. Fred’s reading of verses from John 15 where Jesus reminds us that what we should be led by the spirit of love which is derived from God’s love for us. He reminded us that we are indeed the branches of God’s love…and the work that we do here is an extension of God’s love. What an appropriate way to start the week. Consulting the Lord with decisions we make, before we make them, is always a sound practice.
While yesterday was a day of triage for surgeons it was a day of patient treatments for Dr. Will in the dental clinic and Dr. Jeremie in the audiology clinic. Both had LONG but productive days seeing many, many patients. They will see many more today and Dr. Rick will see many more in the GI endoscopic suite.
As the team entered the Obras this morning we passed what seemed like hundreds of patients and families, surgical and medical, waiting for care and wishing us “Buenos Dias” with smiles. What comes to mind is the “tale of two cities” and the contrast of activities. While the atmosphere outside of the operating room on the patients’ waiting area is calm, the pace in the OR may be described as chaotic choreography.
There are 21 surgical procedures scheduled for the day which does not include procedures for GI endoscopy, dental, and audiology.
Yesterday we told you about Ruby, a nine year old who must wait a week for her surgery. She was smiling today as we saw her in the dental suite having x-rays and a few fillings. We learned that she is a very good student and is particularly fond of math which is her favorite subject. Her mother also confided that Ruby teased by classmates due to her malformed teeth. We can hope that her procedures next week will provide her a better outlook. A photo of Ruby is nearby.
Besides Pastor Craig praying with the team at morning devotions he also prays with patients in the pre-operative area. His strong but gentle voice with words of comfort, although not in Spanish or Mayan, appear to be comforting as patients pray along with him.