Posts by Stephen Archer

Stephen Archer is a surgeon, writer and photographer in Bend, OR.  His blog, www.bendlight.me, is a record of the unlikely journey from his curious mind to his wayward heart.  He welcomes anyone who has seen signposts that could be of help.

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Better Together: We Are Not Alone

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” ~Helen Keller

My patient, John Done, rolled in by ambulance from his home in rural Oregon. As his story unfolded I understood why the nurses and ER doctors in the room were slack-jawed and shaking their heads, and I understood why I had been called to see what the nurse called a “DIY’er.”

I have been a surgeon for over ten years and had never been consulted for a case of do it yourself surgery. John had had a belly button hernia sticking out a couple of inches …