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February 17, 2010

'How did this video get 4 1/2 stars?'

Last evening the following comment on one of my YouTube videos came across the transom.

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It's my favorite so far this year.

"How did this video get 4 1/2 stars?"





"Mumbling & wrapper noises...?"

I'm laughing really hard as "look at them yo-yo's, that's the way you do it" suddenly flits across my mind's ear.

"You can hardly see anything he's doing (not exciting anyway)."

I couldn't agree more.

The whole point of making that video and its companion Part 2 was to shine a light on the routine and drudgery that forms by far the greater part of the art, science and practice of anesthesiology.

If you don't like doing things exactly the same way every day of your working life, then anesthesiology's not for you.

"And why is he preparing in an office?? Doesn't he give anesthesia... in an OR?? Weird."

Actually, not: anyone familiar with the field will know that daily morning preparation for anesthesia takes place NOT in the OR but, rather, in an anesthesia workroom, where stores of equipment and supplies of drugs are kept for stocking one's anesthesia cart for the day.

In the case of my little hospital, the workroom shares a 10-foot x 25-foot space with a desk, chair, bulletin board and computer, and thus is also my office.

Another nice thing about preparing in the workroom/office as opposed to inside the OR is that no mask is required, making set-up much more comfortable for me — and enabling me to narrate the video with more clarity (mumbling & wrapper noises notwithstanding...).

Indeed, no anesthesia happens in that little office: it all goes down — as it were — in the OR.

Trust me....

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I had a question - how difficult is it to perform an epidural? I had one with my last baby and they must have touched a nerve going in, as it sent a shock down my leg that was very painful. Now I'm expecting again in two months, and I'm a little nervous about asking for another epidural. Any advice?

Posted by: Mara | Feb 18, 2010 2:00:50 PM

I'd love one of those Paralyzing Agent tops as my bookofjoe button.

What had me cringing, was how very expertly and with a deft flick of the wrist, you put the caps back on each needle-laden syringe. That, was the mark of the master. Every move a graceful moment, the product of countless repetitions. Practice makes perfect, where perfection, or as close as humanly possible is required. My life in your hands.

Thanks for the look beyond the veil.

Posted by: Matt Penning | Feb 17, 2010 11:45:29 PM

Well, I know I'm responsible for at least one of the 5star ratings. :)

Posted by: Rocketboy | Feb 17, 2010 6:23:09 PM

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