Cardiac Case

I fidget and squirm on the thin mattress

To try to find a more comfortable position;

The rats nest of wires pull awkwardly,

Perilously close to unsticking the patches

From their assigned positions on my chest.

The screen above my head flickers and beeps,

Displaying its investigative hieroglyphics

To any who might be able to understand them.

The band on my arm inflates again,

As a nurse carries out further observations

And records them on a clipboard.

The itinerant doctor passes by once again,

Having previously professed his inadequacy

To satisfactorily translate the cryptic squiggles and lines

Of the diagnostic recordings.

We await the prognostication of the cardiologist

Who will arrive shortly to deliver the verdict.

I can’t help thinking that the anticipatory suspense

May with its attendant stress, obscure the divinations

Of medical certainty.

Eventually he arrives, with trailing entourage

And leafs through the notes presented by a nurse

Who has attached herself to the group.

After a brief excursion to the nursing station

To peruse the electronic record,

He returns and delivers a jargon-filled homily

To the gathered minions.

He then turns to me,

With what I assume is intended to be

A layman’s version of the sermon.

I pick up on two salient phrases,

‘Changes to your medication’, and

‘Send you home’.

As the assembled party moves further along the ward,

I begin to think of questions I wish I’d asked,

And the stress again ratchets up a notch.

I determine to write these down in future

In hopes of attaining a modicum of reassurance.

◄ Late Sailing

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Martin Elder

Sun 18th Sep 2016 21:46

I am with you with this one Trevor having had a couple of M.I.s myself.

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M.C. Newberry

Sat 17th Sep 2016 13:26

Having experienced an ECG with all the attendant stress,
I read these lines with a certain understanding and
sympathy. They certainly get "to the heart" of the
depicted situation. And who hasn't thought about
questions they could have asked? But would they have
really wanted to know the answers then and there.

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