CA-Golbus Surgery

Those we have seen have touched us deeply.The mahi mahi is grilled to perfection.A big thanks to the energetic cooks and other support staff.Mickey packing trunksDomingo (Sunday) May 14, 2006  Time to Begin   The team has arrived and we are bused to Antigua.  After breakfast we receive a morning orientation.Martes (Tuesday) May 16, 2006   A New Day                    Following breakfast each morning we gather for devotion.  Pastor Ted provides some inspirational words and scripture in preparation to providing patient care.Karen wakes us up with a  round  of singing.The 8-block trek to the hospital is a pleasant walk past historical churches and shops.Antigua is nestled in a beautiful valley surrounded by mountains.We arrive at the Obras ready to meet the day s challenge.At the  Obras Sociales del Hermando Pedro  we are met by Padre Jose Contran, Director of the hospital who gives us a tour of the facility.Who s leading whom?We will be utilizing 3 brand new operating rooms this year.Meanwhile the supplies are organized and the nurses receive an orientation.    Second opinions are sometimes performed by assisting physicians.Each patient is evaluated by the doctor prior to surgery.It takes a good listener and sometimes a translator to make a decision.Vital signs are taken.It s time for Triage.  Patients wait their turn to be seen.The faces of these gracious people will go with us.Then it s back to work doing what we can for some very special people.Until next year goodbye!It's a team effort to evaluate and record what will be needed.Intriguing sights along the way.Today we are visiting the dental clinic.Fillings, extractions and dental education are provided.Teeth cleaning by the hygienist insures a smile for the patient and caregiver.Our dental team will provide care that might not otherwise be received.During a lunch break Dolores welcomes the team...and provides a protocol orientation. Lunes (Monday) May 15, 2006   Giving Care                    Our Team Smile!  The procedure begins.The doctor, nurses and anesthesiologist work together as a team.Delicate work.Circulating nurses are called upon for supplies.All is going well.The anesthesiologist double-checks a drug prior to use.A tight schedule is maintained so as to provide for as many as possible.Putting the skills to work.The patients  vital signs are watched closely.Surgery in one of the 3 new operating rooms.Meanwhile in another operating room a patient is readied.The administrative team inputs data for proper follow up.First day of surgery.  Physician and patient meet for a preoperative check.At the end of the day it s smiles in the recovery room.The anesthesiologist watches the patient closely.Patients receive quality medical care by skilled surgeons and staff.The latest equipment is used to minimize invasive surgery.Laparoscopic equipment is utilized to remove a gall bladder.Our team leaders, Mickey and Toni, give us an update prior to heading out.Miercoles (Wednesday) May 17, 2006   Inspiration                  Looking into a child s eyes provides the inspiration to deliver needed care.  The team chaplain and his translator comfort this boy.Vital signs are taken and a caring touch provided by the nurses.Each patient receives individual attention.Pastor Ted and Lura pray with these anxious families.Family members and those awaiting surgery are given reassurance.They provide additional assistance with the hospital ID s and answer questions.This day Padre Jose Contran made a visit, which provided further calming.This could be seen in the faces.The recovery room can become very busy.Our recovery team takes a moment for a  photo op .The team incorporates support services to include a cooking staff.  It s off to the market!The open-air market has a large selection of seafood and produce.The variety is very colorful and nutritious.Tomatoes are needed for salsa.Ripe avocados are found after a thorough hunt.Eureka!   Some more color to add to the meal.Another look at the dental clinic where children s teeth are protected by bonding.Thumbs up to a beautiful smile. to listen and provide reassurance.It s also a time to reacquaint Jueves (Thursday) May 18, 2006   Caring                    A boy in need of special care.  Children are helped to overcome their fear.Sometimes we are warmed by a smile.Patients are evaluated for follow up care.Viernes (Friday) May 1, 2006   Saying Goodbye       Each morning the doctors make their rounds.  Preparations are made prior to surgery.It s important to maintain body temperature during a long operation.A  Warm Hat  . And blanket keeps the boy comfortable.Surgery begins to give this three-year-old a normal life.He ll be up and playing again soon.Toni leads a team meeting in January.  This Saturday, May 13th, the rest of the team travels to Antiqua to begin the mission.

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05/18/2006
Jueves (Thursday) May 18, 2006 "Caring" A little boy is in need of special care. During preparations it is important to maintain body temperature during a long operation. A "Warm Hat" and blanket are used to keep the boy comfortable. Surgery will give this three-year-old a normal life. He’ll... Read More
05/17/2006
Miercoles (Wednesday) May 17, 2006 "Inspiration and Recovery" Looking into a child’s eyes provides the inspiration to deliver needed care. The team chaplain and his translator comfort family members and those awaiting surgery. Pastor Ted and Lura pray with these anxious families. They also... Read More
05/16/2006
Martes (Tuesday) May 16, 2006 "A New Day" Following breakfast each morning we gather for devotion. Karen wakes us up with a "round" of singing. Pastor Ted provides some inspirational words and scripture in preparation to providing patient care. Our team leaders, Mickey and Toni, give us an... Read More
05/15/2006
Lunes (Monday) May 15, 2006 "Giving Care" It’s the first day of surgery. Physicians and patients meet for a preoperative check. The patients are moved into the new operating rooms and prepared for surgery by the anesthesiologist. Vital signs are monitored closely as the delicate procedure... Read More
05/14/2006
Domingo (Sunday) May 14, 2006 "Time to Begin" The team has arrived and we are bused to Antigua. After breakfast we receive a morning orientation. At the "Obras Sociales del Hermando Pedro" we are met by Padre Jose Contran, Director of the hospital who gives us a tour of the facility. It’s time... Read More
05/13/2006
This Saturday May 13th the rest of the team will travel to Antigua, Guatemala to begin the Medical Mission. We’re excited!

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