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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 15, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 16 -THE LSOIHHIDGI HCHALD Snlimloy, April 15, A day in the life of a doctor: not for the weak at heart... B.V RUDY 1IAUGKN1SDEH Herald Start Writer A doctor's life in Lctlibridyc begins aL a.m. with the first of a deluge of calls- people will] nchcs and pains or wanting to arrange ap- pointments. A halt hour laler, eiiroute to the first of three hospitals, Dr. A. (as we'll call him) turns on n cassette tape rev corder to listen to a medical lecture. It's one of the ways city doctors keep in lime with the latest medical advances. By 6 a.m. the doctor picks up his patient chart listing all the patients be has at SI. Mi- chnel's Genera! Hospital, and begins his rounds the first of about 35 patients a doctor sees during the course of a day. Waiting in the emergency room is a middle aged man who had almost completely recovered from an accidental burning a tew weeks before. The patient was going on a holiday and wanted the doc- tor's assurance that it was all right to EO. Up a flight of stairs and in to see another male palienl, in his late 20s, also recover- ing from turns. A bandage engulfing a leg skin graft operation is gently removed, revealing a healing but ugly leg-length scar. The doctor advises the pa- tient Uiat the wound is heal- ing quickly and that he should be able to go home wilhin a week or so. But there are very tew of Dr. A's patients at St. Mich- ael's this Monday morning. This is not usually the cir- cumstance, and is apt In change during the week, he said. A few more brief basically hollos, quick glances at patient charts and the re- assurance that the doctor knows what's happening. The patient chart shows whether any drugs have been administered or any condi- tion changes which may have occurred. From St. Mike's it's a short trip over to the Lethbridge Hospital. 'At LMH, the doctor heads for the medical records li- brary to pull the cnse history of a patient. The patient is currently in the psychiatric ward and lind undergone u gall bladder op- eration a few years previous- ly. "It never hurts to check on elderly patients who have been operated on 'Ircforc even if it was quite a while he says. Then it's past the maternity ward without stopping. No mothers-to-be here to- day for me, he said. "It's really a light day to- day and not a good indicator of a normal morning's work By this lime of Ihe day the doctor has usually been in- volved in some fype of sur- gery, A short talk session some other doctors and it's down to the underground cor- r i d o r leading to the Leth- bridge Auxiliary Hospital. The first patient, an elderly, semi paralyzed man with heart trouble receives a thor- ough examination. The doctor says this pa- tient has just lost 25 excess pounds, and orders the drug dosage administered be re- duced by half. The old man smiles a crook- ed smile of appreciation. Next examined is an old wo- man who has been bedridden for years due to an automo- bile accident. "These patients actually need nursing homes to take care of them. But there just aren't enough beds available for them in existing homes." said the doctor Another elderly patient is under continuous pain with o severe retinal disorder. "The goal of the nurses here is just to keep them lold- er patients) alive ft's now 10 a.m., and doc- tor heads back the cur- ridors to LMH. More comments about the need for more nursing homes are exchanged "so that eld- erly people can live out their lives as actively arid com- fortably as possible." On his way back to the clinic where he has his office, the doctor makes two house calls. Parking in front ol a cozy- looking little home, the doc- tor says two miridlc-agcd pa- tients husband and wife- live there: n woman with a bad back and (ho husband, wlio has a bad heart. The doctor conducts an ex- amination of Hie husband and tells him lie is okay, hut not to be overly active. A pre- scription is given to the man with the injured back. The next slop is at a nurs- ing homo where an elderly patient has been complaining about numerous ailments, which the doctor attributes to old age. Lunch lime now and the doctor has lo return to LMH for a meeting before going to the clinic lor another five hours of seeing patients. At p.m. the doctor ar- rives at the clinic and makes a quick check of his phone and patient list. First, a woman complaining of severe abdominal pains. A quick examination and the doctor orders some x-rays to be taken. Then a new mother who is worried about her child's bad case of the runs and evident tiredness. The baby yowls as the nui'se pricks its finger for a blood sample. "The nurse sure doesn't make him feel any chuckles the doctor w h i 1 o winking at the young mother. Then he assures another mother that her six-month-old child's slightly bowed legs arc not unusual at that age. lie orders x-rays, however, to rule out a bone disorder. A middle aged man is in for a post operative check- up resulting from a gall blad- der operation which occurred six weeks before. He's okay and tells the doc- tor: "I've never felt better in two years." It's now Silo p.m., and the mother of the child with the bowed legs is told nothing is wrong. Next to be examined is an- other infant. Baby checks are routine for doctors. Mothers are asked whether the baby has been acting well. Infants are thor- oughly examined from the top down before being given a clean bill oi health. Sight, nose, hearing, heart, lungs, limbs, abdomen and other areas are carefully ex- amined by the quick fingers and tools operated by a dor- tor. If everything seems right, "no finger pricks for blood samples." Infants are examined regu- larly until they reach the aec of one year. The next palicnt is a man with an injured back, which has been hurting him for about six days. A prescription is written, and the man is told it's not serious. "Take it easy for flic next couple of days and you'll be bnck at work the iloclor says. Tour p.m. now, and a young lady from out of (own is the next patient. She tins hifih blood pressure. Following an examination, she is elvcn an- olhor appointment date, two days hence, in order to allow lime for lab tests to be an- alyzed. A six year-old with an car infection is examined and a follow up appointment Is also ordered for her. Dr. A geis along well with cluldren by adopling what- ever communication method is needed to make a child {eel at ease. He does not rush them, but gets Lo know them. He never tells a child "it won't because it "arouses immediate tsuspi- cion." It's nearly and a man oti a diet comes iti for a check-up. The man has been losing weight slc.idily for weeks and claims lo be feeling consider- ably belter. "The wile Ss a great he says, pinpoint- ing his inilial problem. The doctor Ilien sees some patients who had made "laic" appointments earlier that day. A young man, about 20 years old, has been fighting recurring bouts with bronchi- tis and pneumonia. It's an old problem which has been reactivated by smoking. The man had been off the weed for nearly two years, and was free of sick- ness. Recently he had taken up smoking again and part of his lungs became inflamed. He is told to quit smoking again, and is given some med- ication. More prenatal visits, then u 13-year-old girl with a swollen hand injured two weeks before. The hand Is x- rayed and no broken bones are found. A prescription U wrillen. Then a baby with a form of bronchitis. The child is noisy and wheezy, and the doctor prescribes some anti- biotics and arranges a house call for Ihe ncxl day. The doctor leaves Ihe clinir: to head back ID LMH to visit a patient due for surgery Ilia next morning. Another house call on (ha way home and at 7 p.m. stumbles home to a rc-hcateu dinner. Meals ai'c never regular for a doctor, who may have lo an- swer a call at any hour. It's a 12 to 14 hour day for most 'doctors. Biir- gery, lonsilettomy, and sur- gery assistance lo another doctor (in the then it's back lo tlie clinic. festival participants More than participants are registered to compete in he 42nd annual Lethbrige and District Kiwanis Music Festi- val to run April 21 to 29. There arc approximately entires, up slightly from last year, with the increase mainly in the piano anil strings sections. Dates for the final concerts to follow Hie festival have been set at May 4 for the Concert of School and Junior Stars and May 5 for Stars of the Fesli- val Concert. Approximalcly SI, 6 00 in scholarships and irophies will be competed for. New scholarships include the Effie Reid Award for boys' unchanged open vocal solo, and the Bailey's Key- board Award for junior piano solo. The Regislered Music Teachers' Association will donate their sonatina award in honor of Margaret Parisel. A trophy in honor of L'.file Held Langmead will be award- ed in conjunction wilh the scholarship in her honor. Winners of Ihe Lclhbridge festival, on recommendation by the adjudicators, will partici- 71 per cent In Hie space of 20 years, (he percentage of Canadian women wilh cancer of (he uterus who survived for five years rose from 46 to 71, according to the. Canadian Cancer Society whose slogan is "Cancer Can Be Beat- en." jale in the 30 classes of the i tcr of Vancouver, senior choral Provincial Music Festival to be lield in Calgary May 27. and vocal; Phylis Inglis, West Vancouver, school choral and Top winners of five categor-1 vocal; Dclores Keahey, Cal- ics in (lie provincial festival! gnry, strings and piano; Ted wifl compete in Toronto in the! Komar, Winnipeg, guilar i n d [all in the first annual National [accordion; Lcona Palcrson, Music Festival. I Calgary, speech; and Robert The Federation of Canadian Music Festivals national tro- phies, The City of Lincoln Tro- phy for adult choirs and The CJcorge S. Mathieson Trophy for junior choirs, carry an award of S250 for the first time. Adjudicators for the local festival will be Frederick Car- Williams, Calgary, instrumen- tal and bands. Four halls will be used lo hold the 61 sessions (ha Yates Memorial Centre, Para- mount Theatre, Soulhminster Hall and St. Augustine's Hall. All sessions are open to Ihe public. The above pictures show an operation in which o blocked portion of a leg artery was removed by surgeons and replaced wUh special plaslic tubing to allow his blood to flow freely once more. The operation took aboul four hours, involved the primary surgeon, several assisting doctors, and anesthesiologist and a number of nurses. The (earn opened the man's leg ol two points, cur Ihe artery at both endi of the blockago to remove the unwanted portion, and then sfilched in Ihe plastic replacement. Photos HEINITZ PRINTERS STATIONERS LTD. 324 9lh 51. S. Phona 328-1778 FOB YOUR COMPLETE WEDDING REQUIREMENTS fnvitalioni Announcement! 114 Hour Service tf Necessary) Bride Books Thank You torch Napkins Marches We provide Comp timer la ry Pcrjonoliierf Head Table Place Cards wilh each Order! FREE CUSTOMER PARKING ANNUAL MEETING LETHBRIDGE HEADSTART PROJECT Friday, April 21st 8 p.m. St. Patrick's School ALL INTERESTED PERSONS ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO ATTENDI VISIT LAS VEGAS MEALS COCKTAILS COME WITH US ON OUR 12fh ANNIVERSARY 5 DAYS-4 NIGHTS APRIL 30th MAY 4lh FROM CALGARY RETURN JET AIR FARE ACCOMMODATIONS SHOWS GROUND TRANSPORTATION BAGGAGE HANDLING MANY EXTRAS All FOR S19S.OO (DOUBLE OCCUPANCY) GARSHMAN TOURS 262-3645 EVENINGS 252-4787 OR 246-3940 We aim to SERVE you belter! Martin Bros. Funeral Homes Ltd. (2nd GENERATION) Presents THE SUNDAY HOUR Last week wg mailed cheques to cfaimanti. Somo cnme back un- delivered to Lethbridge office. Have you changed your and not told ui? IF so, do it now. For further information contact your local Unemployment [niuranee office. LETHBRIDGE OFFICE 313 Slh Street South, Phong 32B-6601 UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE COMMISSION THE MENNONITE BRETHREN CHURCH CHOIR Director, MR. VIC MENSCH Accompanist, MRS. EDITH ENNS SUNDAY, APRIL 16lh lo p.m. CJOC-TV CHANNEL 7 (RE-TELECAST SUNDAY AT P.M.) THE TRADITIONAL CHAPEL 812 3rd Avenue South THE MEMORIAL. CHAPEL 703 )3lh Street North nd GENERATION FUNERAL DIRECTORS AND ADMINISTRATIVE COUNSELLORS FOR PRE-ARRANGEMENTS (Authorized by the Alberta Government Security Commission) ;