Just some things I didn’t mention in a previous post about a visit to the emergency ward. When I realized how many alarms, beeps, and other machine noises there are in a setting like this, I got to thinking that the nursing staff must eventually become inured to this almost constant background noise.
I was hooked up to a heart and respiratory monitor, and just that one unit made its share of noises during my 8 hours there. I could not figure out what the beeps and dings meant, but did make the observation that a particular one got louder and louder if it was not attended to. When you’re lying on a gurney, you have nothing much to do besides check your phone and listen to the comings and goings around you. I know they were having a busy night, and it’s unfair to complain about a lack of staff checking in on you, but, after a couple of hours in the hall, I needed to be unhooked to go the bathroom. The people rushing by all seemed to be in a hurry, so I was hesitant to stop anyone. I fell back into looking at my monitor screen, and cunningly figured out that the respiration area on the screen went up and down with my breathing. So, I held my breath for 45 seconds or so, and a new kind of alarm went off. I hadn’t heard that particular one all night, and it must have been the right button to press, because a nurse came within a few seconds. She asked me if I was having trouble breathing, and I said no, I just needed to go potty. She looked at me with mock disapproval, then smiled as she unhooked everything.
Lee Dunn has been writing since the age of 18, but found that work got in the way for the ensuing 48 years. In his home town of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, he reveled in his independence at an early age, and spent as much time as he could exploring the city’s Arts scene. He was introduced to poetry and prose by the works of two literary giants, namely J.R.R. Tolkien and J.W. Lennon and thence fell in love with the written word. His work includes poetry, short fiction, and personal essays, and ranges in theme from the surreal to the horrific, nostalgic, and themes on the human condition. He has been published on Spillwords.com, The Dark Poets Club, Journal of Undiscovered Poets, Crepe & Penn Literary magazine, and the Shelburne Free Press.