Newly Published
Mind to Mind  |   July 2019
The Waiting Room
Author Notes
  • From the University of Michigan, Department of Epidemiology, Ann Arbor, Michigan. delvon@umich.edu
  • Accepted for publication June 11, 2019.
    Accepted for publication June 11, 2019.×
Article Information
Mind to Mind
Mind to Mind   |   July 2019
The Waiting Room
Anesthesiology Newly Published on July 12, 2019. doi:10.1097/ALN.0000000000002901
Anesthesiology Newly Published on July 12, 2019. doi:10.1097/ALN.0000000000002901
I can gracefully afford this trip
to the ER. Sick son in my arms,
his dark skin pale and discolored,
approaching the waiting room.
Far from desolate, persons wearing the
same face as my boy, both infirm and
full of viral shedding. A wait much
longer, I reason with a young intern
who exhibits more empathy than White
eyes of distaste coming from the lobby,
exuding self-righteous precedence.
A notion my son and I must sit and wait,
skipped. Again. Gunshot wounds,
rotting lives. White savior and then
our privilege to service, yet we all share
health and impartial care. All I want is