- You measure a patient’s labor progress by the amount of time she snaps her fingers and how much clothing she is wearing instead of using other monitors.
- The “golden hour” of resuscitation becomes the “wooden week” of surviving just to get to the hospital.
- Pineapples can serve as a copay
- Your consultants never refuse to see the patient……you are the consultant
- Your patients refuse to leave the hospital because they have 24hour electricity and water which they don’t have at their house
A patient's house made out of mud and sticks with a thatch roof,
no running water or electricity.
- No lawyers
No lawyers, but we do have lots of other wonderful workers!
- Your presurgery checklist includes prayer and checking the fuel level in the diesel generator
Ian helping with the generator
- Patient family members ask to see and pose with the removed body part after surgery
- Surgery is often an open book test
Happy after a successful surgery
- You teach CPR to the Bee Gees “Stayin Alive”But we couldn't just stop at 10! Here are a few more:
- You have weight gain competitions in the pediatric ward
- You have to write out and coach parents on how to pronounce your name when they want to name their child after you
Baby Anna: that's easier to say and spell than Stephen
- Placing IVS, nasogastric tubes, suturing, bedside ultrasounds are all spectator sports.
- You hear patient surgery testimony in Sunday chapels.