Last night, Dr Deboer took a group of 8 out to a local restaurant, "Los Heroes"'. They failed to take anyone with them that spoke Spanish. After ordering by pointing at various lines of Spanish in the menu, they ended up with mountains of food. Fortunately, they had our fellow Dr Jake Stanfield along. He willingly accepted the challenge of leaving no taco uneaten. Plates were cleaned and everyone returned to get ready for day 2.
For day 2 we had 4 patients scheduled. Two were second side surgeries and two were first side. We got off to a later start due to difficult to insert spinals. Once started tho, things went smoothly. We ran 2 rooms. I was in one room with Dr Amador and Dr DeBoer was in the other room with Dr Stanfield.
It has been nice to get to operate with Dr Amador again. Since completing his fellowship with us in Nashville, he has been our man on the ground in Veracruz. We are all very proud of what he has accomplished here. His help in organizing the preoperative and postoperative patient clinics has been immeasurable. He is involved in teaching the ortho residents here at the hospital and is building a busy practice.
Our last case had to be canceled due to problems with instrument sterilization. This is always a problem, and with limited back up instruments it was not possible to fit in the last case. 3 years ago a great supporter of WalkStrong donated a newly refurbished steam sterilizer to the hospital. It has dramatically reduced our sterile instrument problems. It has increased the quality of care for the entire hospital since it is used all year round. Carlos is always scavenging replacement parts that are used to keep it in good working order. Due the hard work of all, our sterile instrument standards in Veracruz are the same as they are in Nashville.
The patient's surgery was moved to first case tomorrow.
The patients from yesterday have done fantastic. They are working hard on their motion and are walking down the hallway. No issues!!!
Four cases scheduled again for tomorrow.
M J Christie MD