A remixed Eminem/Rihanna song parody on the right to die according to a person’s wishes by ZDoggMD (Dr Zubin Damania).

Just gonna stand there and watch me burn, end of life and all my wishes go unheard.

Once a hospitalist, now a primary care revolutionary with his Turntable Health project, he has always made hilarious videos about life as a physician, the patients we see, and the culture of medicine. Here below is his most poignant piece, revealing the difficulties of end-of-life conversations and medical futility both from the patient and the physician perspective. It’s not corny or cheesy. It is bang-on…

Credentials:
Based on the Eminem & Rihanna song, ‘Love The Way You Lie’.
Lyrics by ZDoggMD (Dr. Zubin Damania) and Dr. Harry Duh.
Audio engineering, mixing, production, and chorus vocals by Devin Moore.

Thanks to: Storyworks Production Company; Director: Michael Shaun Conaway; Producer: Alex Melnyk; Editor: Sean Horvath; Colorist: Mark Anton Read
Special thanks to the residents and staff of the University of Nevada School of Medicine. Mad luv to palliative care, hospice, and end-of-life providers around the world.

Lyrics

Chorus
Just gonna stand there and watch me burn
End of life and all my wishes go unheard
They just prolong me and don’t ask why
It’s not right because this ain’t the way to die, this ain’t the way to die

Patient
I can’t tell you what I really want
You can only guess what it feels like
And right now it’s a steel knife in my windpipe
I can’t breathe but ya still fight ‘cause ya can fight
Long as the wrong’s done right – protocol’s tight
High off of drugs, try to sedate
I’m like a pincushion, I hate it, the more I suffer
I suffocate
And right before I’m about to die, you resuscitate me
You think you’ve saved me, and I hate it, wait…
Let me go, I’m leaving you – no I ain’t
Tube is out, you put it right back, here we go again
It’s so insane, ’cause though you think it’s good, I’m so in pain
I’m more machine than man now, I’m Anakin
But no advanced directive, I feel so ashamed
And, crap, who’s that nurse? I don’t even know her name
You lay hands on me, to prolong my life again
I guess you must think that this is livin’…

Chorus
Just gonna stand there and watch me burn
End of life and all my wishes go unheard
They just prolong me and don’t ask why
It’s my right to choose the way that I should die

Doctor (doc MD)
You ever love somebody so much, you can barely see when you with ‘em
That they, lay sick and dying but you just don’t wanna let ‘em
Be at peace cause you miss ‘em already and they ain’t gone
Beep beep, the ventilator alarms
I swore I’d never harm ‘em, never do nothing to hurt ‘em
Hippocratic oath primum non nocere now I’m forced just to torture ‘em
They push full code, no one knows what his wishes were
His sister heard him say once, “I don’t wanna be a vegetable”
But no one agrees in the family, the caregiver Kate
Wants him comfort care but Aunt Claire lives so far away
That her guilt eats her like cancer
So she answers, “Wait! I think he’ll wake”
Maam, you ain’t even in the state!
Palliate, relieve pain, get him home, explain
Critical care? Just hypocritical when it’s so insane
But they insist I shock his heart again so I persist
Guess that’s why they say that love is pain.

Chorus
Just gonna stand there and watch me burn
End of life and all my wishes go unheard
They just prolong me and don’t ask why
It’s my right to choose the way that I should die
The way that I should die

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Credit to Samya and Sarito via FB

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