Here is the third in a four part series about my experiences in helping ReSurge make a difference in the lives of young children with deformities and injuries repairable by surgery:
Day 3: Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is most important that you do it.
Today the ReSurge team operated successfully on seven patients ranging in age from 3 months to 21 years old. The surgeries were as diverse as the patients from double cleft lips, to a cavernous cleft palate to burns on necks, faces, hands and feet. My tasks throughout the day were also quite diverse and in many ways insignificant, but I am glad that I am here to do it:
- Carrying the first two babies into the OR early in the a.m.
- Using a syringe to feed water to the babies post surgery
- Playing with the waiting children and making a few of them laugh…and being the friendly face when they first wake up reassuring them in the recovery room
- Visiting the patients from yesterday and already seeing the difference…and bidding them farewell with hugs and well wishes (wait till you see photos of one of the little rock stars!)
- Watching a skin graft in the OR on a woman’s neck so she can hold her head high
- Seeing a metal pin placed in Gino’s (10 year old boy’s) hand so he once again has movement
- Transporting ALL of the patients post surgery to their rooms on the ward
- Completing some of the electronic file paperwork
All in all closing a 12+ hour day at the hospital without air con on a very hot day with 100% humidity and couldn’t be feeling better about working a long day…and doing it again tomorrow.