First day in the operating room was a huge success. As always, there is the unexpected challenge, the surprise finicky instrument, the unanticipated difficult case comes up. At the end of the day, around 8pm, the day was done. And we are grateful. We have learning lessons, ideas, thoughts, challenges to bring forward with us. The challenges bring a little bit of the pain of unfamiliarity, the little bit of discomfort, the heat (literally and figuratively so to speak) and a proper detoxifying sweat.

As we move forward with the second day in the operating room, we are hopeful for a smooth progression towards more familiarity, predictability, and flow. It is amazing to realize how important predictability is to our lives. This little bit of discomfort and uncertainty is a small cry from the hard living of our patients and families. It is a small sacrifice compared to the long lines of a life in poverty. It is a fraction of the fear of being turned away, or having a closed door when seeking help.

As we move forward with the busy day ahead, we rest in this….

Psalm 62: 5-7

For God alone my soul waits in silence, for my hope is from him.

He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken.

On God rests my deliverance and my honor;

My mighty rock, my refuge is in God.

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