Dr. Guru Super Star

by Maggan

in Physicians,Surgery


Suddenly, a flurry of activity, like when trees and leaves are set in motion by an approaching storm. The curtains, surrounding my gurney, open and flap, close and flap, as doctors, nurses, and technicians come and go. Doctor Guru’s wife, my anesthesiologist, arrives along with her second in command (or perhaps a resident in training)  a  young female doctor of Asian ancestry.

Dr. Guru II looks to be in her early 40s, blond, energetic,confident. I startle as I notice a thick gold chain, just above the neckline of her scrub top. The other anesthesiologist  has a pair of stunning, artsy ear rings dangling from her lobes while most of the rest of her is covered by a shower cap,face mask and scrubs. A quick introduction, a couple of questions about the state of my health this morning. My health, of course, is excellent, except for that pesky cancerous tumor. The curtains quickly close behind the two anesthesiologists.

I realize the memo about “absolutely no  jewelry of any kind,”  refers to me, not my doctors. They may wear any “bling” they want as long, I suppose,  as the “bling” does not interfere with their job.

A nurse checks my vitals again, checks the needle in my hand and adjust the bag on the pole. She gently shakes the the tube a bit before she, too, sails away.

Finally Dr Guru breezes onto the scene, just out from an earlier surgery procedure. His  ill fitting scrubs, the kerchief tied around his head does not in the least detract from his a super star quality.  Dr. Guru does not give off  airs or act like a prima donna. For that, he is way too busy and focused.  But it is the staff’s response to him that lends Dr. Guru his super star image. People grow quieter and recede into the background as Dr. Guru’s presence fills the small space.

He sinks down at the edge of my gurney and I move over to make room for him.

“Now, this is what we’re are going to do.”  Dr. Guru sounds upbeat, looks cheerful. Pen in in hand, he sketches on a piece of paper while explaining the steps ahead.


“I will take out a slice of a lympnode, wait for pathology to freeze it and disect it. This usually takes 45 minutes. While I wait , I will work on other things. But keep in mind, although the frozen section may not contain cancer cells, we may still find cancer when the entire node is examined by the pathologist later. If I find one single, little cell in the lymph node, it means chemo,” says Dr. Guru and looks me straight in the eye.

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