Education  |   May 2013
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Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Donald Heindel, M.D.
    Anesthesiology Consultants of Virginia, Roanoke, Virginia.
  • Accepted for publication April 30, 2012.
    Accepted for publication April 30, 2012.×
Article Information
Education / Mind to Mind / Airway Management / Ophthalmologic Anesthesia / Pain Medicine / Pediatric Anesthesia / Respiratory System
Education   |   May 2013
6 of 12
Anesthesiology 05 2013, Vol.118, 1227-1228. doi:
Anesthesiology 05 2013, Vol.118, 1227-1228. doi:
3 years plus 6 was his age
Number 6 of 12 for Doctor Paige
Cute, curious, probably smarter than I
Mom nervous, consent sign without a cry
To the room, happy distract all in pretend
Mask, balloon, blow, we win in the end
Mom exits for her gate before it’s too late
Thirty minutes, eternity, it’s her long short wait
Mom goes quickly or she may faint
Nurses urge to hug, instead with betadine they paint
IV access quick, probably luck maybe skill
Intubation smooth, no cough, no bitter pill
Surgery routine, there is no mess
Talk of weather and sports to ward off the stress
Remove the tube not too deep or too light
No apparent reason he became too tight
Move deliberate, but slow as not to fright
Mask and O2
To see how he would do
No help, no breath, he turned ashen blue
All hands to help, no small talk now, all eyes on you
Heart rate past eighty, then fifty, then thirty
This child should be outside running, getting dirty
Break spasm break, think be cute and pink
Think atropine and epi as we are on the brink
Time slows down,
All else disappears
The child and the monitor,
Think only, no time for fear
Was it he, or the drugs, was I any blame
Cause it or save it, I lay no claim
The one deep breath, whether from me or from God
I care not and only nod
To the PACU, pink and not blue
Hurting a little, morphine will do
Mom is allowed, the child, they engage
No time to enjoy, 7 of 12 for Dr. Paige