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Some Day
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Education   |   September 2013
Some Day
Anesthesiology 09 2013, Vol.119, 719-720. doi:10.1097/ALN.0b013e31828607b3
Anesthesiology 09 2013, Vol.119, 719-720. doi:10.1097/ALN.0b013e31828607b3
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“You know, the ‘good old days’ weren’t always good,

And tomorrow ain’t as bad as it seems.” - Billy Joel

Some Day…

Taking a patient history

Will be as easy as swiping a credit card.

But Today…

I will examine, review, and analyze

The information I have before me.

Some Day…

A magic pill will reconfigure your DNA

And virtually eliminate most disease.

But Today…

I will study, practice and manage

Obesity, diabetes and heart disease.

Some Day…

Opioids won’t cause

Nausea, pruritis and respiratory depression.

But Today…

I will prescribe judiciously

And adjust for undesirable side effects.

Some Day…

We will live in a truly wireless world

Free from geometrical constraints.

But Today…

I will wrestle with the wires, the tubes, and the lines

And hope it doesn’t fall apart when moving the patient.

Some Day…

An anesthetic recipe will be

Calculated, titrated and delivered by a computer.

But Today…

I will dose, monitor and redose

Based upon what I observe.

Some Day…

A single monitor will tell us everything:

Oximetry, blood pressure, cardiac output, and the rest.

But Today…

I will use the tools I have before me

And try to maintain homeostasis.

Some Day…

People will view a laryngoscope the way my kids

View a 45 record, and ask, “What is that?”

But Today…

I will load my blade and check the light

And do it “the old-fashioned way.”

Some Day…

No needle will enter the body

Without first visualizing the anatomy.

But Today…

I will use the landmarks I was taught

And believe that it’s better to be lucky than good.

Some Day…

A colleague might pull me aside and delicately suggest

That I quit the game while I’m ahead.

But Today…

I will don my scrubs and pull up my mask

And be thankful for the opportunity to play.

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