another room before the next one comes in?
"Yes Nurse Miller, but with three staff members calling in
today check station availability then see if were able."
Why's the room spinning? My chest feels like it's on fire as
my thoughts steadily grow tired. Every bodies wearing face
shields and masks!
"Do you know where you are?" "How long has it been . . . ?"
"When did your fever start?" In sync and muffled they ask.
No ordinary day, no ordinary week or month . . this . .
uncommon virus. The battle with it, one HELLACIOUS
My vision now blurry. My throat is dry. Other patients cry
out, "GOD DON'T LET ME DIE!"
Second shift arrives as the first exhaustedly finishes hour
twelve. Into this . . . chaotic abyss . . the ER . . they heroic
I hear a close scream . . even closer a mention,, one word . .
Another Dr. laments, "This one's expired . . cause of
death--Corona." "Nurse, can you let her family know out
in the waiting room . . just in last night from Arizona . . .
I believe Tuscon . . . maybe Sedona."
In here and outside, the growing stench of death. Not me!
Not now! Fight! . . Go Away! Don't let it take my last
The distancing here, anything but social.
It's personal despite the heightened and newfound fear.
"Dr. his BP is dropping. Can you adjust his ventilator?"
Wait! . . .my mind shouts! I'm not ready to meet my
My I.V. now nearly dry.
Through distant tears I hear their cries.
This time the virus has won.
Everyone eventually dies.
"Time of death . . . . 7:15"
--Alexander F., Adult