You get to recognize a lot. The same preparations, samples and tests. The same unbearable pain in the whole of your body when you hand him over for an operation. The lumps in your throat, the tears and the worry always remain the same. The procedures before and after the operation. The same.
And as ever, the pulse oximetry sends out an alarm. That’s the instrument which mesures the oxygen saturation in the blood. The same alarm. But something is significantly different. When Abbe’s oxygen saturation goes from the usual 94-97% which is where it usually fluctuates, it sends out an alarm. When it goes below the trigger limit of 90%.
So far in his life, Abbe has never passed that limit. Never ever.