Saturday, July 19, 2008

my manong, my hero





This is Manong Cardo, our male aide at the Operating Room. Among his many OR duties is to position the patient properly while I do my regional blocks. After all these years, Nong Cardo has got this patient positioning down pat, it's already instinctive. He holds the patient at just the right angulation, inclination and tension so that my work is made so much easier. In spinal or epidural anesthesia, where we deal with spaces and places only micromillimeters in width, the correct patient positioning is of utmost importance.

In the OR we all know when Nong Cardo is having a nice day because he sings the refrains or oneliners from these really old songs. He is my hero because irregardless of what kind of day he's having, he still holds the patient in perfect alignment.







6 comments:

Martin D. Bautista, M.D. said...

Mabuhay si Nong!

Vk-mahalkaayo said...

I salute to you, Manong Cardo......

gigi said...

Thank heavens for efficient manongs!

And thank you so much for taking part in TBR-16. Roundup is here.

MerryCherry, MD said...

Hahaha Doc, nice pic. Buti na lang nagpa-picture siya. He looks and sounds really cool. Kudos to Manong Cardo!

Ligaya said...

Don't forget: he also sings the latest Wowowee songs. Hehe! The SUMC people in general are GREAT.

ness said...

MerryCherry,

Actually I wanted to get a picture of Manong Cardo in "action" meaning when he is holding an actual patient. BUT after that youtube fiasco in a Cebu OR, our hospital is now very strict about taking pictures of patients. Kailangan may "informed consent" before we can take a picture.

I would have to ask the patient, "Ah, Sir/Ma'am, can I take a picture that would possibly include your naked back while I do a lumbar puncture? Uh... I'm going to post it in My Blog so that all the other doctors in the Philippines and probably abroad, as well as all the other blog hoppers who happen to drop by, can see the picture, which as I said could most probably include your naked back? I promise to cover your butt, of course."

As friendster would say it, too complicated!