Saturday, June 8, 2013
unless you're bleeding visibly when you go in,
or are not in huge amounts of obvious pain,
even if the waiting room is empty, be prepared
to wait. An hour, sometimes, leaving you to wonder
what happened just before you got there
that has tied up the entire emergency room staff.
Your mind starts listening with both ears,
and you hear someone saying, 'burns all over her arms
and face" and you think, 'oh dear' and then you hear
that rustle-thump of feet running fast and quietly
somewhere. Suddenly your own scary problems
become less important and, cradling the beeper
in one hand, and the book in the other, settle
in to wait your turn.
Posted by mittens at 8:06 AM