Taking Impressions for Children

Yesterday I was at Princess Margaret Hospital taking some impressions of childrens eye sockets, under general anaesthetic.  That involved a fair bit of waiting around while theatre was sorted out between procedures.  We’re just across the road from the hospital so they call me twenty minutes before I am needed for the first one.  I get my gear, nick across the road, scrub and gown up for theatre and take the impressions.  The procedure always creates interest among nurses and theatre staff because it is not something they see very often.  People stand around and watch, maybe take photos and ask questions.  I used to find that scary when I started but it’s ok now.  Parents find it nerve wracking to have the little one go under.  If I can, I stop and have a chat or catch up afterwards.  I was talking to the doctors yesterday.  There are four kids being treated for retinoblastoma.  One was diagnosed at five months and this early it can be treated.  Hopefully the child won’t have to lose an eye.  That’s always good news. 

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