Viral Voyage: Circumstances, Choices, Carelessness & Care

Black and white photo of shadows of trees criss-crossing a field of snow. The shadow of a human figure is in the lower right-hand corner of the picture.
Photo by Ysabel de la Rosa, all rights reserved.

My surgery was scheduled for 2 p.m. the day after I was brought out of the coma. A nurse explained I would be given propofol, fentanyl and a paralytic drug prior to the tracheotomy. Just before “going under,” I glimpsed the surgeon. I’d been his patient before. He is one of the best trauma surgeons in our area, perhaps the best. Slight of build and unassuming, he radiates an Olympic…