Well, its been a busy, busy day. We started our morning at 7am setting up the operating rooms, recovery room and clinic. When we arrived there must have been 500 people waiting…no exaggeration. About 200 were stragglers in from elsewhere in the hospital that had to be weeded out immediately. The others were triaged and categorized by diagnosis and then seen by our surgeons, anesthesiologists and pediatrician before finally getting the okey dokey for surgery. Our coordinator-translators were wonderful. We were a little rough going for the first five patients, but after that the whole clinic ran smoothly. We saw 134 patients and scheduled 66 of them. We will have a busy two weeks ahead.
Everyone worked well together. While my head nurse, Carreen, was setting up our operating room with two beds in one room, I was busy in clinic doing hemoglobin testing and photos for the chart. Then it was my job as team leader to arrange food, water, narcotics and other drugs, pharmacy items, distilled water for the autoclave and about 50 other tasks to make the preparations for tomorrows start. I’m tired tonight...but not too tired to go out and eat and have a few cervezas...not on call tonight!!!