次女が腹痛を訴え出したのは、土曜日の夕方頃だったろうか。
深夜0時を過ぎた頃から、何度も唸るように泣いていた。
ようやく午前4時に寝付いたと思ったら、7時前にはまた泣き出して、
何度もトイレにこもっていた。

季節の変わり目、胃腸風邪を引いたのかもしれない。
痛み止めを与えながら、様子を見ていたけれど、
月曜日の朝まで待てそうにないと、夕方4時、近所の総合病院ERへ。

そこからが長かった。
血液検査で白血球値が異常に高いと判明したものの、
ウルトラサウンド、CTスキャンでも、明確な原因が分からず。

目の前には、次々と瀕死の状態の患者が運び込まれてくるから、
どんなに待たされても、文句は言えないけれど、
虫垂炎と腹膜炎の手術が決定したのが、午前3時半。
そこから入院手続きをして、午前7時に遠隔で家族に状況説明。
執刀医に呼ばれたのが午前11時、そこからまた待合室へ。
痛みと空腹を交互に訴える娘を、オペ室に見送ったのが午後4時。

ちょうど24時間。地球を一周できるほど待たされて、ようやく手術。
夜には麻酔も醒めて、あとは回復を見守るのみ。

緊急とは名ばかりのエマージェンシールーム。
米国医療現場の裏を垣間見た後で、また一冊本が書けそうだと本気で思う。

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My second daughter had complained of stomachache around Saturday evening.
From around midnight 0 o'clock, she was crying like repeatedly groaning.
At last I thought that she fell asleep at 4 AM, but she started to cry before 7 o'clock.
She went to the bathroom many times.

It may have been the change of the season, gastrointestinal sickness.
While giving a pain stop, I was watching her situation.
I found she will not be able to wait until Monday morning.
She was taken to the general hospital ER in the neighborhood at 4:00pm.

It was long from there.
Although it was found that the white blood cell value was abnormally high by the blood test,
Even Ultra Sound and CT scan, we did not find the clear cause.

Since patients in the moribund state are brought in one after another,
No matter how long we wait, we could not complain,
The operation of appendicitis and peritonitis was decided at 3:30 in the morning.
She got hospitalization from there and I explained the situation to my family remotely at 7:00 am.
It was 11:00am when the surgeon called me, from there to the waiting room again.
It was 4:00 pm I sent the daughter, who alternately complains pain and hunger, to the Operation Room.

We kept waiting for just 24hours that we could go round the earth, finally surgery.
She awoke from anesthesia at the night, we were only watching for recovery.

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