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Well another week of fun and excitement has come and gone, as the old cliche says: time flies when you are having fun. So what has happened since Sunday... lets see. (just to warn you, I'll talk about some surgeries, not in detail, but there will be some pictures)
Well, the funny moment was that on Monday we almost flooded the ship. So here's the story, those from work will think this is as funny I as did! So every week we have to terminally clean all our rooms, there's no specific day, just whenever we can fit it in. Terminally cleaning means wiping the walls, ceiling and all the equipment with bleach water. I was in the middle of setting up for a really long case, so I was sterile, but we heard a loud HELP! from down the hall and everyone went running thinking someone was dying or something.
Let's see, had 2 nurses and 1 surgeon leave this week. Jenny and Merryl, both from Austrailia left this week and Dr. Tertius, our plastics surgeon from South Africa, left today. We were a crazy bunch this week, I think we all got along too well. Lots of dancing and singing going on. We've had a lot of Aussies and Kiwis in the OR this year, so in honor of those leaving we watched the movie, The Castle. Hilarious. Think Napolean Dynomite, only way funnier!
Our evenings are filled with fellowship.
We do do some serious things too around here. Wednesday, we had a baby born on ship. I wasn't there, but I heard all about it in the morning (there are no secrets on a ship). From what I heard it was a mother of a patient, she told the ward she was only 8 months pregnant, but that night she was complaining of back pain. She was convinced she wasn't in labor, so they gave her tylenol and she went back to bed.
Surgeries are going well, I was doing face surgeries all week- people with some sort of deformatity- like a cleft lip/palate or tumor. The one I did yesterday was a long case, I had 3 surgeons, 6 pans and only one overhead light. Two surgeons fended for themselves gathering the bone from the patient's hip to be cut and placed around his metal plate that had replaced his jaw early this year. I helped Dr Gary at the face, dissecting down and then tying the bone to the plate. Its really interesting, in about 3 months time the bone graft will have fussed together into one bone incorporating the metal plate, all the lumps will be gone and if the patient could afford dentures he'll look very normal.
Another interesting case was a 50 year old man who had lost his nose to noma when he was 2. (noma is caused by bacteria that lives in your nose and when your immune system is compromised it literally melts the skin off your face, its 90% fatal) We created a new nose for him by taking a flap of skin from his scalp, turning it around and making it into a nose. In 3 weeks, we'll bring him back, cut the blood vessels that are feeding the flap and put his scalp back. It sounds complicated and gross and it is, but its really cool! He has a nose for the first time in 48 years!
So thats my update.