Apr 20, 2010
Just when I think I have seen it all, I see something new and a little inspiring. In surgery yesterday we had an older gentleman with a fairly severe head tremor. I was expecting this and has used a whole roll of 3-M Transpore tape to stabilize his head (you know I keep them in business.) What I didn't expect was the case of hiccups he developed right after we started his cataract surgery. Not just little ones either. His whole body shook each time. I went about timing him between hiccups and found that it was every 11-13 seconds. After waiting 5 minutes, it appeared that his movement would only be an issue for 2 parts of the surgery, the main incision in the cornea and the precise opening of the lens capsule. I had convinced myself that I could do both maneuvers within the 10 second windows and was literally only millimeters away from the eye with the corneal blade when his hiccups miraculously stopped right then. I think it's God's way of reminding me that I can't always rely solely on my own abilities. His surgery went perfectly well, by the way.