That message was very encouraging – but the truth is that I don’t really remember that surgery except in the vaguest of terms. I would love to reread my operative report and find out what really happened. He caught me on messaging and said his back gives him some pain occasionally but he rejoices in the fact that he is here to feel the pain. Although I have no interest in practicing medicine in the US ever again, it does make me that much more eager to get this administrative role past me and to get back into the ORs of the mission hospitals.
Speaking of administrative tasks, the semi-annual PAACS Commission meeting went satisfactorily in Chicago two weekends ago. Keir Thelander, fresh from his return from Bongolo Hospital, joined me and we spent a full day just orientating him. He will start in earnest July 1. As far as the rest of the meeting went, I can honestly reiterate that I truly hate committee meetings! They may be necessary but they are certainly painful for me to endure.
Micky and I have been spending time getting ready for the upcoming CMDA-CMDE meeting. Work has been filled with details regarding the four inspection tours to Africa, a few other trips within the continental US, more work on Memorandums of Understanding and all the last minute details regarding the exams that were held yesterday and today at the PAACS programs. These are the annual exams and performance on them is very important for those who are on academic probation.
My schedule is jam-packed between now and two months after "retirement". Five trips to Africa, one to Thailand and a few around the US. Need prays for safety, strength and effectiveness.
A dear friend has tried several times over the years to put my name up as the American College of Surgery Volunteer or Humanitarian of the Year award. I received news that it was again not successful. I was disappointed. Perhaps my role is to be the perennial bridesmaid in that area.
My family suffered a tragedy this past week. My first cousin once removed (the grandson of my Dad’s youngest sister) was only 3 three years old. They live in Michigan and we had never met this little lad. He escaped from their attention during a visit to a friend’s home as children are wont to do and they found him a few minutes later drowned in a backyard pool. So very tragic. Please pray for the family and for God to work through this tragedy.