While events are still fresh in my mind, I want to try to remember the inspiring patients and families and events that remind us why it is great to be a surgeon, nurse, PA, nurse practitioner, medical assistant, X-Ray tech, scrub tech... you name it! Every day there are little miracles that occur that make you smile.... and I often say that I should write them down while the "energy spike" of the moment is fresh.... but usually I don't!
The miracle guy I want to focus on first is my friend, and future MD partner Ahmad. Ahmad is 12 years old, and will be 13 years old tomorrow, April Fool's Day!! HAPPY BIRTDHAY AHMAD!!! He has neurofibromatosis, which has caused a very severe scoliosis, around 110 degrees. This makes it tough to grow, tough to breathe, and can become quite painful. We admitted him for cervical traction at WakeMed Children's Hospital for several weeks, gradually stretching out his spine, which allowed his lungs to work better, improve his spinal alignment, and also improve his nutrition.
Yesterday I got a chance to see Ahmad and his mom and Pre-Med sister at Hey Clinic for his 6 week postop visit doing very well.
|12 yo Ahmad, before and after scoliosis surgery|
His mom brought us two big boxes of Dunkin' Donuts which our staff and patients fully enjoyed, even though it broke my "low carb" promise I had made to myself. Ahmad then gave me a very special gift that he had made for me, that he designed himself:
When I opened up the box and took out this beautiful clear award, I just had to laugh as I read the inscription around his before and after X-Rays etched into the glass: "Get it Straight... Dr. Lloyd Hey... COOLEST DOCTOR AWARD" !!!
The hand-written card from Ahmad and his parents was also quite precious...ending with "I love you"