Sun, Oct 16 –
It is late. All is quiet. A kiss goodnight. No sooner our eyes close, Laurie’s BlackBerry vibrates on her nightstand. “Sorry,” she says softly. It is the hospital. After a brief chat, Laurie finishes with “give me twenty minutes.” Andrea pops in her head into our room saying she needs to go in also.
Almost midnight, it is very busy on the surgical floor. It is not often to find this kind of activity at this hour.
techs setting up a surgical suite
after assisting on one surgery, Shelley scrubbing in to assist Laurie on her trauma case
Mon, Oct 17 –
The midnight hour comes without much notice.
Before scrubbing in, Laurie checked on her patient once again in pre-op followed by another short meeting with the patient’s family. Mostly to reassure and strengthen their hope. Returning to the prep room, the imaging scans and treatment notes are thoroughly reviewed again before scrubbing in.
Laurie and Dr. Mike talk what they see in the imaging scans for her patient
Around 12:20 am, the operation begins. Laurie’s patient, a priority one case. While urgency is attached, her priority is not to rush a procedure or complete it within a certain amount of time. Laurie would rather complete a procedure done correctly the first time. Deliberate and methodical. Though Laurie estimated the operation would take three hours, the unforeseen lengthened it to nearly 4½ hours to complete.
Andrea sends a good morning text to the girls
Sleep? With rounds in a couple of hours, Laurie and Andrea review the overnight notes on their other patients. After rounds, a short catnap for both before continuing their day.
a spent resident: Dr. Hailey came in to watch Laurie operate
Another day, and night, in the life.