i was actually sort of kidding when i was talking about making a mix cd for the OR awhile back, but darn it all if those ecuadoreans don't really like 80's music. there's a group of trauma docs that i've become pretty good friends with who especially like it, and one guy in particular, dr. ballesteros, who knows more about american 80's pop than i do. "billy idol, no?" "thees ees the best song of cindy lauper" (he speaks a bit of english, too, no doubt from all the music and movies he's watched).
there are more surgeries in a day than they have 80's mixes to listen to, so i made my own contribution with songs they don't have that they tooootally need and brought it on friday. fortunately, there were several trauma surgeries that day, so we were all there: my favorite surgeries, my favorite doctors, and a whole cd of songs to listen to. dr. ballesteros joined the best doctors club by saying the magical "i won't need an assistant, jeremy can help" line, so i was pretty happy. things improved from there, though--as we washed up to enter, at the start of every song either he or this resident who calls me "jeremy spokin'" because of pearl jam would look at me and say "wake me up before you go, wham" or "modern english? no. modern english? i'll melt with you." or "devo!". it was great. we'd already started the surgery by the time we got to the clash's "should i stay or should i go now" (sorry chris, but it's EIGHTIES, and london calling doesn't make the cut), and they both stopped whatever part of the surgery they were doing to sing along to "esta indecisión me molesta" and all the other spanish echo parts. i've never really been especially fond of that song, but i'm pretty sure that memory will make me smile every time the clash sell another car on tv with that song.
what i'm trying to say is, it was pretty much a great day already when they handed me the tweezers and needle and let me do sutures, at which point it became a much better day. and so it was i made my first ever knots in somebody's skin to "hungry like the wolf".
(pictures to come when they get downloaded off the camera phone and sent to me. there will be no sparing anyone of blood and guts, though, so probably you should just never come back if you don't like that. you're warned!)