The narrative of the laparoscopic operation itself reads like something of a cliffhanger. I will spare you its entirety, but this passage will give you an idea:
"…There was evidence of perforation. The appendix was tenaciously adherent to the surrounding tissues. These adhesions were taken down carefully…"
After discharge, a week's rest was just what the doctor ordered. During that time, I saw some things pass my radar that made my eyebrows rise—still ten years to achieve healthcare interoperability? Really? Do we have that long?
But for now, I am glad to be on the mend, with a fresh perspective on the practice of medicine, the value of the medical record in whatever form, the value of the clinical narrative, the many small miracles that make our healthcare system continue, and the tireless work of so many to fulfill the promise of our system.
I have a new appreciation for just how important it is that we find a way to continue to modernize this system without losing those small but substantial things that give patients hope, dignity, and the best possible care.