My family and I will be forever grateful!
Number 73. The Gift
Oh Ventricles, Aortas bare,
Occluded Art’ries ev’rywhere;
Weak Aneurysms set to tear,
Blood Vessels large or capillaire;
Worn Mitral Valves will leak Despair,
Though Cardiac Arrests still scare;
And Infarct Pain’s too much to bear,
Those Blockages are never fair!
Emergencies are standard Fare,
With EMT's afraid to err,
Congestive Failures ever there;
Dysrhythmias and Strokes impair,
Defibrillation frizzes Hair;
Genetic Factors do their Share,
Cholesterol can make you swear,
‘Tis Hypertension or Whate’er!
To save more Folks, each Man repair,
Beneath the Skytron's light-filled Glare,
Thoracic Docs’ skilled Teams so rare,
Choose Safety first but yet they’ll dare,
Use Bypass Grafts, reach Parts to spare;
Tie Surgeon’s Knots with stylish Flair,
Get Life Support, O2 rich Air,
Technologies beyond Compare!
In ORs quite extraordinaire,
Brave Healers, erudite, aware,
Albeit sometimes doctrinaire,
Ply solemn Tasks with Savoir-faire;
Wear Gowns and Masks, scrub debonair,
Anesthetize, preop prepare;
Mix Science, Art, with lots of Prayer,
Fix broken Hearts, with loving Care!
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Howard B. Eskin 1997