All across the country, people are wearing red to show their support for Go Red For Women and to help raise awareness of heart disease. Today, Cooper employees showed their support donning everything from red shirts and scrubs to heart month trees and red velvet cupcakes in the cafeteria!
If you can’t do the simple things you once did, you may be suffering from a shoulder condition. There are reliable, effective solutions. Join us on Wednesday, January 26, 2011 for a free seminar as Lawrence S. Miller, MD, discusses how you can address chronic pain and regain motion.
Members of the 9th Floor staff organized an event for a patient who expressed sadness over missing her daughter’s first visit with Santa. The only person that day who did not have tears in her eyes was baby Zoe, who happened to think Santa was pretty great.
Joyce Racer was a Radiologic Technologist at Cooper University Hospital for 34 years. She was well liked by not only the Radiology students, but also her peers and all those who encountered her at Cooper. Joyce had made enormous contributions to the Department during her time at Cooper, but cancer took her life at an early age.
The votes are in! Employee entries for the Planetree Cute Pet photo contest totaled over 700 and came from nearly every department in the Cooper system - from Willingboro to Voorhees and from Camden to Washington Township.
I always leave Addis with mixed feelings. Happiness - having caught up with old friends and made some news ones. Sadness - at all the pain and suffering that never seems to change. Relieved to know that, in less that 24 hours, I will be having my first hot shower in 3 weeks. Physically exhausted from the long hours of operating and the on-call duties combined with preparing and delivering several formal lectures a week.
Today’s entry is about hope. Hope and the Ethiopian spirit. Looking back on my entries for the past week the frustration in them is clear. And I think it is accurate. But, no doubt, it may have caused some of you to wonder why I come over here at all? The answer is easy – it is the people. The people, their hope and their spirit.
Things come to a head on Wednesday. It is our designated operating room day, but because I am operating by myself, it becomes a challenge. Between the language issues and the limited equipment, negotiating the OR becomes a nightmare. They have scheduled me several small cases anticipating difficulty. They underestimated the problem. The first child arrives without any blood crossmatched. Given the size of the procedure and the age of the child significant blood loss is likely.
The frustration has set in. That’s how I know I am feeling better. Last week between the jet lag, the cold and some mild but constant GI symptoms I was quite relieved just to get through the day. This week, I want to work. That’s why I am here, afterall. But it is a constant struggle. Monday it takes the anesthetist 3 hours to get our patient ready so that we can start our case. It is a 15 month-old boy with a bad brain tumor. We operate for 7 hours straight.
It is wedding season in Addis. I guess this makes sense since the wet season is coming to a close and the weather warming up a bit. Today, one of my oldest friends in Addis – Abdissa is getting married and I am invited to join in the celebration. I met Abdissa on my first trip here. At the time he was the director of a small Christian orphanage; he and his 22 children were my surrogate family. No doubt I will write about the amazing kids in a future entry, today is about Abdissa.