Editor’s note: Mind to Mind is pleased to include our first performed song. To hear the musical selection that accompanies the text, please listen to Supplemental Digital Content 1, https://links.lww.com/ALN/B70, or use your smart phone’s camera to scan the QR code to the right of the title above and hear “This Is My Every Day.” Note that a QR app reader may be needed.

I forgive my wife for not understanding everything it is I do as an anesthesiologist, and so I also forgive the general public for thinking I only put you to sleep. It smarts a little though, and I think that it is safe to say, that my medical and surgical colleagues also have no idea of the breadth of what an anesthesiologist does. Only we know what we do.

In tribute to the variety of what anesthesiologists do, I dedicate this song. In each verse is a patient we all know and an anesthesiologist too: in the ICU, in the cancer center, in the trauma bay, in the induction room. You sustain comatose patients. You preserve humanity and give life in the final moments before death. You move swiftly to alleviate the suffering of children. You notice pain in the forced smile of a parent and your hand brings comfort – and yes, you are the master of the art of gentle induction, and original purveyor of personalized pain relief to the parturient.

I think that the incredibly complex and diverse field of anesthesiology is made to look subtle by the expert anesthesiologist. A hundred times a day you turn complication in darkness to bright light…and this is your every day.

This is my every day (Supplemental Digital Content 1, https://links.lww.com/ALN/B70)

Musical arrangement / Songwriter: David A. Edwards, M.D., Ph.D.

Vocal Performance: Kristoffer Hyldegaard

Musical arrangement / Production: Daniel B. Rothman

Verse 1

She needs to stay asleep

Her body is still too weak

She’s been here for a while

But someone is staying close by

The cancer worked within

The old man is still smiling

He has his chance to say goodbye

I’m there to ease his time

Bridge

Complications

Darkness and bright light

Doctors, patients

Fighting the same fight

Chorus

This is my every day

Reading and learning and searching for new ways

Trying to change

Chaos to beautiful things in the same place

This is my home

The road and the hospital’s places where I roam

Where do I go

Running to you, deciphering codes

Verse 2

A kid with broken limbs

Stops screaming as the drugs kick in

He tries to prove he’s cool

My job is to help him through

I see the pain in his smile

Waiting for his youngest child

Scared to be afraid

I’m here to take his pain

Bridge

Complications

Darkness and bright light

Doctors, patients

Fighting the same fight

Chorus x2

This is my every day

Reading and learning and searching for new ways

Trying to change

Chaos to beautiful things in the same place

This is my home

The road and the hospital’s places where I roam

Where do I go

Running to you, deciphering codes

Chords:

Verse

| A | D9 | F#m | E6 |

| A | D9 | F#m | Esus4 E |

Bridge

| Bm7 | C#m7 |

Chorus

| A D9 | F#m E |