From a surgical standpoint, it has been very productive. I have cared for a total of 437 patients in the OR with a total of 582 procedures. Of those 419 major cases, I did 76 by myself (most before and after the residents came) and the residents did the remainder under my direct supervision (I was scrubbed and helping on the critical parts of them). In addition to those 418 major cases, 18 minor cases were done, 6 by me and 12 by the residents. That much work which was crammed into 13 weeks would be considered a good year’s experience by most general surgeons. Guess that explains why I am tired. It never quits though – today I had to take two complications back to the OR.
When we get home, I will immediately begin preparing to teach at Methodist University this fall (first class day August 29). There is a lot to catch up on for PAACS as well. I have decided to withdraw from my graduate courses at Baptist Bible College for this fall semester – just too much on my plate. I leave for Pasadena for a West Coast Healthcare conference on the 17th and we speak the following weekend at a mission conference in Weaverville, NC. It will be good to see my daughter Michelle briefly during that trip to California and our friends the Byrds in Weaverville. .
Micky is looking forward to getting back to normal. Sean goes to school for the first time in fifth grade on the Monday following our arrival. We are sure looking forward to eating food we like! That has been the most constant annoyance for us on the ship.
Bruce for Micky and Sean