"Harry" - Rock Eater
"What goes up must come down" is a concept with which we are all too familiar since that apple first dropped on Sir Isaac's head.
However, at Fairfield we have had the rare pleasure of proving the opposite theory with a patient called "Harry".
To describe "Harry" as a season ticket holder at Fairfield would not begin to accurately describe the association we have built up over the years as a consequence of his predilection for eating stones.
On 4 previous occasions we have had to perform relatively major surgery to retrieve the stones that he has consumed and that have become lodged in his gastrointestinal tract. His owners have become so accustomed to his symptoms that x-rays hardly seem necessary.
So it was with knowing shakes of the head amongst the Fairfield team when his most recent radiograph confirmed what everyone had suspected.
This time however my colleague Geraldine had a cunning plan! Rather than subject him to a further major procedure it was decided to attempt to remove the stone directly from his stomach using an endoscope and a specially purchased retrieval basket to capture the stone.
Would we be able to pull what seemed like a rather large stone back up through his stomach sphincter along his oesophagus and then back out through his mouth? "What goes down should come up!"; well that was the hypothesis anyway.
After a few very tricky minutes maneuvering this new device my colleague Geraldine could hardly contain her sense of satisfaction when that stone plopped onto the operating table! A round of applause would have been appropriate but beaming smiles were the order of the day.
This new equipment heralds an unprecedented level of investment in 2015 for established patients at Fairfield although I wonder whether "Harry" might take this as a green light for continuing his association with stone collecting!