today was, i think, the best day i've had at the hospital. earlier this week ximena (my immediate boss) promised me she'd let me be the person who responds to "scalpel!" by handing a doctor a scalpel (in spanish it's instrumentista, but i'm not 100% about how that goes in english), and that promise came true today. this was very challenging and stimulating and fun (memorize the names of all those instruments. now in spanish. now learn to recognize the english names when said by someone who doesn't speak english.), but it got WAY better in the second or third surgery of the day when this 11 year old girl who'd caught a spiney branch while falling from a tree she was climbing came in to get the resulting cut that extended from below her knee to above her hip cleaned out. (i'm a pretty big fan of that sentence. i'll make you a map if you get lost.) at the beginning of that surgery, my new hero dr. vallejo declined the offer to get an intern to assist him by saying, "no, jeremy can do it." so i got to assist the surgery, and it was the best ever. i'm saving you all details and photographs. send me candy and thank you notes.
as an added bonus, this bus taking a bunch of high schoolers to mitad del mundo (remember?) crashed with some other cars, so the OR was jumping all day with a whole bunch of trauma injuries. i was in all kinds of heaven. the last surgery of the day, i had the hang of things really well, hopefully to the point that they'll let me do it again.