Meanwhile Drs. Hisey and Silverstein popped over to the ICU and surgical ward to follow up with patients from the first 2 days. Everyone was doing well, and recovering faster than even the doctors had anticipated. On the way back they were inundated with requests from other Ugandans to review X-rays, including individuals who had travelled great distances in hopes of seeing the American doctors. Unfortunately, the reality is that the team does not have enough time or resources to treat everyone, though Drs. Hisey and Silverstein did their best to offer what medical advice and opinions they could before being pulled back into the OR to assist on young Jallor’s surgery. Dr. Hisey’s son Matt was also on hand to help the surgeons out!
The surgery went well, but was tougher than anticipated, as every time Dr. Lieberman attempted to straighten the spine there was a loss of signal from the neural monitor. The team couldn’t see what was going on in the patient’s brain, but we all knew what was going on in Dr. Lieberman’s brain: “Crap, crap, crap.” But naturally, Dr. Lieberman kept his cool, and after calmly proceeding through corrective maneuvers, the neural monitoring signals returned to baseline and the team was able to get to the back. The case lasted roughly 5 hours, and after wrapping up, Dr. Lieberman went to the break room for a well-deserved hot tea (Houji-Cha Japanese black tea, no milk, no sugar, extra hot. In case you were wondering).
Prep began for the second case of the day, Dr. Hisey’s surgery for an incorrectly healed spine fracture resulting from a Boda Boda accident 6 months prior. The patient, a very nice 29 year old female, was experiencing significant back pain and discomfort.
After dinner Dr. Lieberman’s son presented the team with dessert, a large air bubble chocolate bar! Unfortunately Josh had left the chocolate bar in the bus during the day, and needless to say, it melted. However a good half hour in the fridge and our chocolate re-solidified into a nice bubble-less sheet of chocolate…who wants dessert!?
Lesson of the day: over under on Dr. Gorlick pinching a French fry off someone’s plate: 45 seconds.
Quote of the day; “there is nothing worse than a dongle that does not work”, Josh Lieberman lamenting over the wireless fobs that are meant to give high speed internet access.