This is the first book after redesigning my writing career. I am almost ready to hit this ‘Publish’ button, but not yet. Before doing it, I want to let my readers know that the book is coming, create some buzz, and then send the story to the world.
First, here’s the book cover. I love it. I hope you do, too. There’s the entire body of knowledge, how to design a book cover. Mine was created by a single mother in Montana, to my specifications. I hope it conveys the story idea––the curiosity of an invisible reader being present in the operating room during an eventful surgery.
The title adds to the dimension of a spectacle. Some of us remember the amphitheaters in old universities where professors lectured, presented the sick people, and yes, did operate on their patients. Some surgeries were for show, and yes, some doctors behaved like stars, which, in essence, they were. The original reality show. The operating room was called an operating theater.
Here’s the book description.
You’ve been told you need an open-heart surgery. After going through a lot of physical suffering and losing many nights to mental wrangling, you’ve decided on a surgeon who will operate on your heart. You’ve done your internet research and asked your friends for the recommendations. The decision had been made, and your diligence paid off. You are comfortable with the choice. Or that’s what you think.
After a sleepless night, you are waiting for the surgeon to meet you in the waiting area before they’ll put you to sleep. Suddenly, a thought comes to you. Who my surgeon really is? Is he a good person? How’s he treating his wife? Is he a good parent? Is there any drama in his household which would affect his decision-making? What about the possibility that his wife just told him she’s leaving, and he is blindsided? What about him just finding out from the doctor that his chest X-ray showed a tumor and now he, the surgeon, will need a biopsy?
But then you remember your friend, a nurse in the operating room, telling you all these stories about the drama and things which happen during the surgery. Does he scream? Curse? Throws the instruments? If so, will this behavior impact the results of my surgery?
After the procedure, the surgeon comes in, smiles, and asks for any questions you have. He looks good, sounds confident, and you are relieved. But still…
How much do you want to be a fly on the impeccably clean wall in the OR and watch him handling a possible storm!
If you wonder what is going on in the operating room after they put you to sleep, this story is for you.
The ‘Drama’ is a short story, but gives a good introduction to my next book, ‘Pals Forever’. “Pals Forever’ is the first installment of the trilogy about the life of retired cardiac surgeon, Dr. Jack Murano.
2 thoughts on “Drama in the Operating Theater”
Reads well and very interesting. I can’t recall any book with the same unique perspective that you certainly have.
You set the hook. I look forward to your new book.
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