Thursday, April 06, 2006

It is what it is.

I saw someone die last Wednesday.

I did a chest and ab exam a women with very, very bad emphysema and heart problems.

Two hours later, when I came back, her bed was gone, and so was she.

And that's what death is to me: the open syringe wrappers, tubes dangling off the oxygen tank, the empty void where the person used to be, and everyone else moving on with their lives.

I was probably one of the last people to talk to her.

7 Comments:

Blogger calvinsroom said...

Pensive and faltering,
the words, THE DEAD, I write;
For living are the Dead;
(Haply the only living, only real,
And I the apparition -- I the spectre.)
--Uncle Walt

Don't let it close you off...

9:47 AM  
Blogger michelle said...

how sad. i work for a health charity, and have the utmost respect for people in healthcare ... i can't imagine dealing with life and death like that.

10:55 AM  
Blogger Wombat & Aspen said...

And that's what death is to me:

the open syringe wrappers, tubes dangling off the oxygen tank, the empty void where the person used to be, and everyone else moving on with their lives.


That's deep.

You're sort of like the Paris Hilton of bloggers.

MW

10:08 PM  
Blogger Donna said...

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1:11 AM  
Blogger Donna said...

"I read your little comment on Moxie's blog about Asian American women. Please respect the fact that Asian American women are individuals, and in fact, we are on average the most educated females in this country (even more so than Caucasian females). Asian women suceed in fields such as medicine, law, journalism, business, etc. "

Did I say otherwise?

1:29 AM  
Blogger Loveandotheraccidents said...

Wombat,

I'm not a professional blogger. I'm a cardiologist. I apologize if my blog is not up to your standards.

Midwest, why are you obsessed with me? Do you really have that much free time to write me nasty emails and leave these comments? Sweet heart, go seek thy book deal. I can't help you with that.

Much love.

4:33 AM  
Blogger Madalayne said...

I'm not clear here... did you actually witness this person's final moments, or were you experiencing the disorientation of finding out someone you just spoke with that day had passed on?

11:33 PM  

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