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President’s Message

Automatic

Portrait of Dr. Scott Reeves

Recently, my house was struck by lightning. Fortunately, Cathy and I did not experience a fire, but we did lose all of our cable and internet connections. Afterwards, we used the opportunity to get a new deal with our cable provider. What ensued was more than 3 weeks of no television or internet. About the same time, I heard a new song by country star Miranda Lambert, called “Automatic,”which won the Country Music Awards single of the year. I believe that country music has become the new poetic license used to describe life and life lessons can often be found in its lyrics.

 

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In August, SCA’s second president, Jerry Reves, MD, published a history of SCA’s first 35 years in our journal, Anesthesia & Analgesia. It is a fascinating read. Upon reading his account, during my recent lack of connectivity to the world, I began to think about how much SCA has changed in the more than 20 years I have been associated with it. In the “good old days,” speakers used to have to do their presentations on slides actually made of film. When transesophageal echocardiography came into our specialty, training was done by looking at VHS tapes of cases. Now a picture, video, or text are just a click away and instantly can be imported into a presentation. As the Miranda Lambert song goes,

Hey, whatever happened to waitin’ your turn

Doing it all by hand

Cause when everything is handed to you

It’s only worth as much as the time put in

It all just seemed so good the way we had it

Back before everything became automatic

Like many of you, I feel like I am always connected and “on.” While away at a recent meeting, I was chastised for not answering an e-mail the same day it was sent. The comment went something like, “I can see you got it and read it, so please respond.” Thankfully, Miranda reminds us of simpler times…

If you had something to say

You'd write it on a piece of paper

Then you'd put a stamp on it

And they'd get it three days later

My children are constantly taking pictures of what, to me, are nothing (selfies, snapchats, etc). While at the recent ICCVA meeting in Florence, I found myself guilty of taking 100 shots, and then after my return home, I spent hours trying to find the perfect shot among them. I wish I had only taken the time upfront to get that perfect single shot. Thankfully, Miranda again reminds us of simpler times.

Let's pull the windows down

Windows with the cranks

Come on let's take a picture

The kind you gotta shake

As we enter the holiday season, I would challenge us all to turn off our pagers, cell phones, televisions, and computers, and use the newfound time to enjoy our families and friends or to simply allow our overloaded brains time to just reset.

It all just seemed so good the way we had it

Back before everything became automatic

Scott T. Reeves, MD
SCA President