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By: Clarissa Cisneros, Emergency department coordinator, Providence St. Joseph Medical Center
Oct. 9, 2013
Surgery for the day is done. The last patient on the schedule is being wheeled out of the OR. The anesthesiologist and nursing students usher him through the wood panel swinging doors and proceed down the corridor towards recovery. From gurney to hospital bed, he now rests. He will remain here for the next hour before again being transferred to the men’s ward. As the anesthesia wears thin, the man slowly becomes aware of his surroundings. Streams begin to flow down the valleys of his face, down the crevasses shaped by age. His nurse approaches.
“Tiene mucho dolor?” Do you have pain?” she asks in a fervent tone of concern.
He nods his head No. The stream of tears running down his face were not in response to pain caused by surgical incisions. Instead, they served as a release of all the emotions collected throughout his surgical journey. Fear, anxiety, uncertainty, eagerness; all these emotions surged out of his eyes like a sigh of relief.
Tears welling at the edges of her eyes, she reaches out to her patient. They hold hands, comforting one another.
This surgical mission has engaged us in the basics of human connection and the basics of patient care. It is allowing us as people of Providence to revisit and live the Providence mission; to share and comfort vulnerabilities with the people we meet and the people whose journeys become our own.
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