Yesterday was the Holiday Party for the Ian Jackson Cleft and Craniofacial Clinic. It was an afternoon celebrating the triumph of patients, mainly pediatric, in the literal ‘face’ of adversity and the role that physicians, nurses, mid-levels, administration, and clinical staff have played in reconstructive achievements over decades. It was a reminder of why I’m here (my patients, family, humanist beliefs, intrinsic desire to do good stoked by parents, role models, and mentors), what brought me here (effort, passion, experience, luck), and what drives me to stay (need, opportunity, innovation).
The last seven months, leading up to the holidays this year, have been challenging. Having a baby who just started sleeping through the night, working in a busy fellowship combining two complex subspecialties, and being a plastic and orthopedic surgery couple, thousands of miles from family, has changed everything from priorities to perspective. The most constant, and perhaps unexpected thing for me, has been that having a happy, healthy baby has humbled me more than anything I ever could have imagined. I feel so fortunate to have him and his mom to come home to every night and for the opportunity to wake up every morning and go to a job that allows me to help other people achieve the function and quality of life they desire. It has truly been a gift thus far, and the new year holds many exciting advancements in family, career, writing, surgery, travel, innovation, and much more, that I can’t wait to share.
As my dad and Frank Sinatra always say, “The best is yet to come…and won’t it be fine.”
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16 years ago today, I totaled my dad’s car.
My face went through with window and the ER spent several hours digging glass out of my face. I’m forever thankful for the farmer who helped me call my parents and kept me calm. The EMT who told me that I would heal. For my dad who stayed with me the entire time and promised me plastic surgery if I needed it (disclaimer I never did). But mostly for the ER doc on call. He performed a small miracle as he meticulously put my face back together. I’ll always be able to see the scars even though most don’t notice them. But I can’t even imagine how horrible it would have turned out with out his care. ❤️ #caraccident#memories#er#emergencyroom#medicalstaff#doctors#emt
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