Day 3: "Patients, Patients, Patience"
Things got off to a smooth start today. We started the day in the pediatric clinic doing rounds. All of our patients looked great and were discharged by the afternoon! In total we finished 5 of the scheduled surgeries and had to bump the remaining two to the next day due to incomplete paperwork.
That didn't seem to deter the patients and their families. They were very gracious about it and completely willing to wait the extra day. They are the most patient of patients.
While we were waiting for the bus to pick us up at the end of the day some of our team challenged a group of kids that were playing soccer in a nearby field to a match. In the evening we enjoyed a wonderful dinner in downtown Peru and headed back to the hotel to rest up and prepare for the long day ahead.
Day 4: "The Big Push"
FULL day... and we were short staffed to boot. Elaine, one of our recovery nurses, got sick overnight and had to spend the morning in bed hooked up to an IV. Thankfully she bounced right back and was back in the recovery room by the afternoon! In total there were 9 cases today - most of the team members worked through lunch and/or dinner to get everything done in time. Success!