Holy chunkiness!

I got called in this am to deliver a baby who had been in the oven a little past his due date. The mama did amazing (the mamas here always do amazingly!) and delivered a 10lb 5 oz beautiful, perfect baby boy. πŸ™‚

It’s such a beautiful almost holy event with so much sheer joy and love. πŸ™‚ the mama didn’t see him at first and asked the dad “what does he look like? Is he beautiful?” And he said “yes” with a big smile and tears in his eyes. When dads tear up it makes me tear up, every time. πŸ™‚

Just look at this little big chunkster!

*Posted with permission*

10 thoughts on “Holy chunkiness!

  1. A buddy and I have been considering coming to Nome for locums, and I have to say reading a blog gives a much better idea of the medical climate of a place than all the stuff that management might send me. Really enjoyed the frostbite/fx ribs/fx scapula/pneumothorax post.

    Feel free to check my blog (walkaboutdoc.wordperss.com) though I haven’t worked in Alaska since August.

    • Hi! Is that Dr. Adrian Cordovi, of whom you speak? πŸ™‚ Yeah, it’s a lot of fun to work here–you get to do so much, and you always know you are making a difference in a critical access area. I imagine it must be something like Barrow, although I don’t know for sure, because I’ve never been. πŸ™‚ How did you like Barrow? It’s super fun to read your blog. I like your little poems at the beginning of your posts. You should come to Nome. πŸ™‚
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      • Yes, it is to Dr. Cordovi that I refer. Though I only spent a total of 14 weeks there, Barrow comes up frequently in my conversation. Dr. Cordovi has worked there as well.

        Though they need my services, so do a lot of other places. It’s outside my zone of comfort; the nearest surgeon is 5 air hours away. And when you can’t get the plane out (which happens a lot), it can be a lot longer. The second time I went, January/February of 2011 (check my posts) the weather got socked in, and we had a couple of critical patients we couldn’t do anything with till the white out stopped.

        Does Nome have a surgeon?

        • Hi Dr. Gordon, I have so enjoyed reading your blog more! Yeah, I completely agree– it can be scary to not have access to services like surgery and an ICU! We don’t have a surgeon in Nome. If I’m not mistaken, I think it’s possible to only work in clinic–I know some of our locums docs have done solely outpatient. And a couple things that I think about when I’m terrified are: one that our docs here will always be available to back me up, so I never feel alone, and two at least there is access to healthcare that would otherwise not be here! I’m sure you saw this in Bethel~our health aids even end up caring for critical patients at times, due to weather, which just makes me in awe of them! It does make me want to go back and do an emergency medicine rotation though, to become even more comfortable with emergent/critical care, procedures and skills! πŸ™‚

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