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Education  |   July 2013
To Be There
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Helen A. Chang, D.O.
    Riverside County Regional Medical Center, Moreno Valley, California. helen.ch2@gmail.com
  • Accepted for publication December 27, 2012.
    Accepted for publication December 27, 2012.×
Article Information
Education / Mind to Mind / Central and Peripheral Nervous Systems
Education   |   July 2013
To Be There
Anesthesiology 07 2013, Vol.119, 230. doi:10.1097/ALN.0b013e31828607a1
Anesthesiology 07 2013, Vol.119, 230. doi:10.1097/ALN.0b013e31828607a1
BAREFOOT, running through the streets
Not a car in sight
A steady, musical rainfall
Fresh smell of asphalt
Calm.
Dad is driving
Tunes of Simon on repeat
Feeling sleepy on bumpy roads,
Where are we now?
Cows grazing to our right
A glistening Pacific horizon to the left.
She smiles with
Anticipation.
The baseball is thrown,
It’s a hit!
Walks home together from Kindergarten were
The best part of the day.
“I want to be a doctor when I grow up.”
A hug.
Now, I hold her hand.
The beat of monitors
Smell of sterile linen, silencing alarms, oral swabs
She feels different.
I’m here with you, Grandma.
To understand
It’s raining today.