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  The Operating Room is a whole other universe, and all the usual rules that apply in the outside world tend to fall away in here. That is not to say that the OR is a bad place; quite the opposite, it is a very orderly and territorial environment. It lost its circadian rhythms just […]

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  Can anyone listen to that haunting refrain from Eleanor Rigby and not feel its sad message? “Where do they all come from?” Many of them come from our local nursing homes, and land in our ERs and ORs. Elderly people with little to no family, or concerned family, to advocate for them. People with chronic […]

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In my previous life, before I became an anesthetist, I had worked for years in critical care and PACU. I became quite familiar with the care of post-operative patients and the issues that surround operative care. When I decided to start my family, I carefully read every book I could lay my hands on about a natural, well-planned […]

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  Imagine going to work everyday and the only thing you can see on your co-workers’ faces is their eyes. Such is the parallel universe that is the Operating Room. We all wear masks in the OR. It is for our protection, and yours. Surgery can be messy; “things” can splatter. And our germs are nasty; all […]

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  What really goes on in the Operating Room while you are asleep? I get asked this question by friends and family all of the time. “Are they talking about me?” “Laughing at me?” “Commenting about my thighs?” None of the above, really. Conversations in the OR can range from sports to politics to gossip, […]

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Amazing grace

  The pre-op holding area is a busy place. Patients scheduled for surgery begin filing in on their stretchers at the crack of dawn. Each patient gets parked at a separate bay; the room fills quickly, empty slots being filled faster than a train station parking lot during rush hour. Hustle and bustle, checking names and ID […]

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Giving anesthesia is an interesting calling. It requires careful, dilligent planning and analysis to be able to sit back for a few hours in your chair at the head of the bed and appear to be doing nothing. Anesthesia providers are the brunt of many jokes   – about how we read the newpaper, do crosswords, or basically […]

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  Sometimes, You need anesthesia. It happens to the best of us. Healthy lifestyler or living on the edge. Vice-free or poly-substance abuser. Female or male. Thin or fat. Young or old.  And everything in-between. Sometimes You need to have an “intervention” done – surgery, special study, endoscopy – and You will need anesthesia. Although […]

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  Having surgery can be scary. Having to have anesthesia can be even scarier. Fears of pain, waking up in the middle of the operation, suffocation, loss of control, bleeding, brain damage, death. All of these thoughts, individually or collectively, have raced through patients’ minds as their impending surgeries loom. I feel that part of […]

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Change of Shift will be held at Someday Nurse on September 8, and the theme will be nursing students. Nursing school was an eye-opening experience for me.  I was a nursing student about the time that dinosaurs were roaming the earth, although it really doesn’t seem like that long ago. But when I look at my 22 year […]

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