Dr. Lieberman woke up extra early to lead the entire team in a Pilates class, but only Zoe and Sherri showed up, while the rest of the team were doing the savasana corpse pose in bed. The team did resurrect in time for breakfast before heading to the hospital for a long day of surgeries. When we arrived at the hospital, Drs. Lieberman and Hisey, along with Michael and Zoe, went on morning rounds to check on patients from yesterday’s surgeries. Both patients were doing well despite the ward conditions.
Back in the operative theatres, the first case was underway with Dr. Hisey. He was operating on a mid-aged female who was involved in a Boda Boda accident and injured her cervical spine. Boda Boda accidents are the most common cause of spinal trauma in Uganda…let that be a lesson to all you kids out there! Don’t ride motorcycles, or at least make sure to wear a helmet and a Kevlar body suit when you do. Dr. Stan (or “Uganda Stan” as we affectionately refer to him), a general surgery resident interested in spine surgery, joined us for the case.
Quote of the Day: “I had an almost quarter life crisis,” Zoe Blumenthal (future OB/GYN in the making) was concerned she would not like her chosen future after hearing all the horridly descriptive details regarding a caesarean section as described by two senior spine surgeons. The quote of the day also leads to the lesson of the day: Zoe confessed she was scared about sitting in on the caesarean section due to the horror stories from other doctors and fellows. However, she didn’t allow fear to hold her back. She stepped into the room and watched over the entire procedure. To her delight she didn’t find it nearly as intimidating or disturbing as described by others. In fact it reinforced her desire to enter the field!