You could not do this today – The story of a humerus surgery.
For many people in Vail the relaxed lifestyle has been one of the major attractions. We take our work and responsibilities very seriously, but we are not tense about life.
The Vail Valley Medical Center is one of the best medical facilities available anywhere, and people come from all over the world too be treated, especially for orthopedic needs.
An episode in the Vail Valley Medical Center several years ago illustrates what was then a more relaxed attitude – not about the medical treatment – but about events preceding treatment.
A local Vail resident, who was and still is a world-class athlete, in summer as well as winter activities, was in need of surgery on his leg. He was apprehensive, having never had any major medical problems. He confided to some of us at the real estate office where he worked that he had dreamed that one of us was his surgeon. He nervously laughed as he told us, but our reaction was instant.
Fast forward to the day of surgery:
The surgeon was a friend and agreed with our plan. When our friend was given preliminary sedation and placed on the table to be rolled into the operating room, he was taken not to the prepared and sterile room, but to another room. Three of us were gowned up and waiting for the patient. He was told there were some surgeons visiting from Australia, and asked if they could observe the procedure. He was a bit lightheaded and agreed. As he lay waiting for the sedation to take effect the three visiting surgeons began to bend over the table and stare at him very closely. He began to feel uncomfortable, so we pulled down our masks and assured him that this was our first surgery so we would be very careful. We also told him we would save him a lot of money for the surgery,
He sat straight up, looked at us, rolled his eyes back in his head and went right back down on the table. He was, of course, then properly prepared and taken to the correct room for surgery – without the visiting surgeons. The doctor was literally doubled over laughing, as were some of the other surgical staff. One person was, however, not at all amused – the chief surgical nurse (Shades of Hot Lips Hooihan?)
Thanks to the professional staff and excellent doctor the patient came through with flying colors, but I doubt if that procedure will ever be repeated…
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