The Out of Control, Out of Present, Out of Body Phenomena: Anesthesia
Count backwards from ten, he whispers;
Suddenly everything’s a blurr.
I can breathe, I can feel the sensors;
yet I’m incapable of worry.
The ensuing fog is quick;
I can’t make it to one.
My thoughts are thick;
floating, floating, gone.
That stern physician in the photo is my unsung hero and husband, John, a DO Anesthesiologist licensed in the states of Washington, Michigan and Indiana. Before I met John I assumed all medical doctors were MD’s. Fortunately, there are also DO’s, Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine , working in tandem with them. Keeping this in mind, I will attempt to define the differences between these two approaches to medicine and to shine a small beacon of light on the honorable profession of the surgical anesthesiologist.