Thirty Six Percent #poetry


life

I bash my head against another diagnosis

the maze of “I don’t knows”

outweighs “this way out”

I ping the depths for respiration

I drag the bottom, no air to shout

hanging off an IV bottle

add a little more of that if you please

just a little more desperation

drugs can’t keep up with my disease

MDs with their coffee and boredom

“not interesting enough” * you say

what you see stands not before you

patients more anxious today

****

creative she sings

miracles of beauty surround

no time for boredom

*

(*A remark made to me by a trauma surgeon after being airlifted  from an auto accident)

Today’s prompt at Poet’s United is “Boredom.”

I could rant about healthcare and it’s failings when twenty or thirty years ago we (health care practitioners and researchers) were making inroads.

No need to worry as all of those roads now have “do not enter” or “closed for repair” signs.

Published by moondustwriter

Thank you for visiting Moondustwriter. In 2019, we have an exciting project. We are developing elementary curriculum for Ugandan children. As a writer, it is a thrill to help children who want to learn. Along with the curriculum, we hope to develop simple fictions about Uganda for the children to read at school. Trust me books are in short supply. We will use our trusted story tellers: a butterfly and a lion to make the stories come alive. Stay tuned as Bethany and Me put pen to paper. I've been part of the blogging community for more than 10 years. Some old timers may remember the award winning (2012 Twitter Shorty ) blog community - One Stop Poetry. I was the (quiet) originator of the idea and co-producer of One Stop Poetry. I am a published writer, poet, artist and photographer. I have written, as well as edited, for periodicals, radio, blogs and fellow writers. There are many facets to this moon - thanks for stopping by.

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16 Comments

  1. Oh! My! God! That doctor was DEMENTED. They need to teach humanity, along with medicine, to doctors, who try to stay detached for their own protection, but then forget a human is sitting in front of them. Sigh. Argh. A good poem – but I would welcome a rant, LOL. Feel free!

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  2. Closed doors. Yes. Especially if a doctor finds the problem uninteresting. Grrrr. But even worse then the disinterestedness, maybe, is the unkind cut given by saying it aloud. I have been lucky and wish I could share my riches of kind and caring doctors, nurses and therapists. But then, I just tried to decipher the bills, and it looks like my insurance paid through the nose for that kindness. Lord knows, I couldn’t.

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  3. I do agree about what you are saying about the medical profession. It seems that patients are in and out the door in a much more mechanized way, and I wonder if they sometimes even know the patient’s name.

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  4. Worse perhaps when MD’s boredom sets in is their “Let’s try these” writing a script just to get you out the door. I did have one doc that said “Oops, it looks as though I have made it worse rather than better”.

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  5. Oh god i do despair of the medical profession at times and can empathise with your words – and your image of the IV pump s- o many signs in hospitals unwittingly remind us of the bigger things in life – no matter where we are or what has happened i always hope and am thankful that imagination and words will carry us through – hoping you are well

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  6. It seems we have love/hate relationships with healthcare just like we do with food. I know miracles happen inside those “hallowed walls” of the hospital. But someone else’s miracle offers no solace to the one whose drip line delivers nothing more than misery and hopelessness.

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  7. One of the most beautiful things to me are those people who should be mad at life for what is happening to them, that use it as a reason to care. Instead of hate or anger they love. With what time they have left.

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