Education  |   April 2016
V.I.P. Patient
Author Notes
  • From the Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital, and Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, Roanoke, Virginia.
  • Accepted for publication July 29, 2015.
    Accepted for publication July 29, 2015.×
Article Information
Education / Mind to Mind / Central and Peripheral Nervous Systems / Pain Medicine / Pharmacology
Education   |   April 2016
V.I.P. Patient
Anesthesiology 4 2016, Vol.124, 966-967. doi:
Anesthesiology 4 2016, Vol.124, 966-967. doi:
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The scariest patient

Relative of a friend

No sudoko, no crossword

Focus beginning to end

Induction goes smoothly

At first all is well

But with the incision

It all goes to hell

Give more and more drugs

Propofol, morphine, and sux

Despite epic doses

He shudders and bucks

Quips from the gallery

Some helpful most mean

“Turn up the gas”

“Another coin for the machine”

Recheck my syringes

Recheck my I.V.

Patient still moving

People screaming at me

Awake and still thrashing

Whatever I do

Bolt upright as always

I’m awake too

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