Tuesday

On the second day of surgery the operating rooms were running more efficiently. Dr Sanchez had two rooms going one after the other, mostly hernias. Dr. Seremetis worked through lunch and late into the afternoon doing hernias, orchiopexy, phimosis, hydroelectomy, and an add-on cystoscopy. All in all twenty cases from two surgeons and three operating rooms.

There are two waiting rooms at the Moore Center. The main sala de esperais a large room and a place of transition and interaction. Family members wait to be registered or wait to be discharged. Everyone passes through here in there way to play in the courtyard or to the unit. It is a congregation point as well as an arrival and departure point.

To enter the surgery waiting room you must pass a line in the floor that says no pasar and put on sterile gowns, hats and shoe covers. It is set up in a small room outside of the chapel room and illuminated by a large wall of glass blocks. The conversation in this room is quiet. The people waiting to go to surgery have different thoughts than those waiting for a child already in surgery. Here there is a nervous unease behind the smiles. There is a sensitivity to sounds and their meaning. This is a different kind of waiting. Waiting for the elevator to open. Waiting for the doctor to see you. Wondering when your child can eat. Waiting to be taken up to surgery. Handing your child off to a trusted stranger to preform surgery. A child’s dismay upon separation. Tears. Many prayers. Quiet tears. Waiting for news, any news about your child. Wondering. Waiting. Then hearing the news post-op and seeing your child. Sometimes still in pain or afraid. Sometimes like new and smiling. Always happy to see mom or dad. Thankful.

Above the quiet, surgeons, techs, nurses, anesthesiologists, methodically prep perform surgery, and comfort patients. One after the other, as fast as they can. Though the patients are in surgery and recovery for a relatively short time, it seems like an eternity for the parents.

View photographs from Day 4