OR Day 7

Today we ran over 12 hours at the hospital and got dropped off at the Rotarian dress-up dinner still in our scrubs. The days have been a flurry of OR changes: kids coming from far away who arrive late for surgery, babies who arrive and since they only have to go a few hours without food get added on immediately. Each child is given a quilt in recovery to take home: many of these were made in Contra Costa by quilt guild volunteers. The local rotary families bring us food, stock our water, and act as translators. The local pediatrician came and co-signed all our orders for narcotic pain medications to keep with hospital policy. The nurses have been taping the empty vials of morphine and fentanyl to the wall for the daily tally. The difference between bottle fed and breast fed babies is clearly apparent. Families try to make powdered formula go farther by mixing it up far too diluted for the babies to thrive. The problem is sometimes literacy, often cost. Breast is best!

About Lisa M. Asta, MD

Lisa M. Asta, M.D. is board-certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, for which she is also a Media Representative (she has been interviewed for “Kids Health” on Health Radio, and quoted in Parenting Magazine, USA Today, and the New York Times, among other publications). She is a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University of California at San Francisco and past pediatric chair at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek. She graduated from Temple University School of Medicine and the Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Asta is also a writer whose fiction has appeared in Inkwell, Philadelphia Stories, Schuylkill, and Zeniada. Her essays have appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Hippocrates, the San Jose Mercury News, and The New Physician Magazine. She is an occasional contributor to KQED public radio’s Perspectives series, and has written articles for Bay Area Parent, Valley Parent, Parents’ Press, and Parents Express, as well as online at WebMD.com, Rx.com, and MyLifePath.com. She wrote a chapter in The Field Guide to the Normal Newborn, ed. Gary Emmet, M.D. BabyCenter.com currently has two how-to videos for parents in production which feature Dr. Asta. For more on Dr. Asta’s writing, visit www.LMAsta.com
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