Editorial  |   April 2013
An Anesthesiologist in the E.R.
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Editorial   |   April 2013
An Anesthesiologist in the E.R.
ASA Monitor 04 2013, Vol.77, 4-5.
ASA Monitor 04 2013, Vol.77, 4-5.
My first trip to the emergency room was in August 1969. My 10th birthday was quickly approaching and school was going to start in about two weeks. The E.R. I visited was at Parkland Memorial Hospital, where my dad, A.H. “Buddy” Giesecke, Jr., M.D., worked. Not quite six years earlier, President John F. Kennedy had been taken there – but that’s another story. I had suffered a fracture of my right tibia and fibula in a bicycle accident, and my dad took me there to have a cast placed. The only thing I recall about that visit was seeing a gentlemen lying on a stretcher in the hallway. He had a sheet pulled up to his chest and that portion of the sheet over his abdomen was stained with blood. The man saw my dad and me and asked us for some water. Of course, my dad, understanding the risk of oral intake and a probably urgent exploratory laparotomy, told the man he could not have any water. The man looked at me and said, “I’m so thirsty.” I did not know about recent intake and induction of anesthesia. Maybe back then I would not even have understood the concept. But I do remember thinking that we should give the man some water – he looked and acted so thirsty.
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