I notice art in a lot of places, but I also recognize when something is so innovative that it is art in the mere doing. This is the case with this new type of surgery called natural orifice — using the body’s natural openings as entry and exit areas for conducting surgery, which minimizes scarring and potential risk. This is a no brainer but at the same time so out of the box that it wasn’t thought of until now.
Warning: this video at this article link contains some graphic visuals of the actual gallbladder removal and surgery, so it may be disturbing to some viewers, but I grew up with this stuff.
At one time, I thought I’d go into premed — that was before I realized how I’d have to sacrifice my sleep, sanity and health and my predominant creative side would be neglected. I’ve always been fascinated by medicine, however, probably due to the fact that my father was a neurosurgeon and comes from a long family line of doctors. It was not unusual for us to review some of his taped surgeries, even at the dinner table. Heck, when I even had some subclavicular surgery done, I asked to watch. It would only have been natural for me or one of my siblings to go into medicine. We did not and were the first ones to break the chain in generations. Instead, we each took different, multi-faceted, creative paths. I think my father would have been proud because it was always more important to him that we be our own people and “do what we love.”
Speaking of surgery, I feel like I’ve been through brain surgery this week — on many levels. So, I think it’s important to end the week with a laugh. He’s funny story about Cholla, the horse that paints.