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Monthly Archive for June, 2007

I write this entry at the risk of losing readership. I speak not as your girlfriend, nor am I interested in your appearance. YOU are a human being who may be coming to my OR one day, and it is MY responsibility to not only anesthetize you without killing you, but to have you leave my care […]

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Good morning and welcome to XYZ Hospital. We’re glad you chose us as your healthcare provider. My name is Terry, and I will be your CRNA (certified registered nurse anesthetist) for today’s scheduled operation. Please assist us by moving over from your uncomfortable stretcher onto our even more uncomfortable OR table, replete with ice cold sheets and a […]

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What’s in a name?  You could be called Terry, if you were me.  My husband calls me babe, or beebe if he’s feeling cute; my son calls me Mom, and also Terrold, although I’m not sure of the origin of that one, but I respond  to either one. My mom, may her soul rest in […]

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You do your homework.  You ask around, talk to your friends, and your friends’ friends. You interview MORE THAN ONE surgeon.  You read. You go on the internet, download articles. You chat and correspond on email. You thumb through journals. You gather information. You are well-informed.  You follow directions and do as you’re instructed. You […]

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When I decided to go to anesthesia school, a recurring comment that I heard from more than a few friends was, Why do you want to just take blood pressures all day long?  Hmmm – good question! Why would anybody want to do that all day long? Unless, of course, you were a well-trained monkey, […]

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I work in an inner city Level I Trauma 400+ bed teaching hospital. We serve a largely indigent population who receive the bulk of their medical care from the hospital emergency room. Compliance with medications is not common; obesity, hypertension, diabetes, and renal insufficiency are common. So are alcohol and illicit drug consumption. Every summer, […]

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