Mullberry Whine

poured out before bed

Just For a While

The Doctor, painted in 1891 by Luke Fildes (1843–1927)…

“Thanks for chatting with me, Mr. Jones.  I’ll be back with my bosses later this morning for another chat if you’re up to it.  What questions do you have for me?”

Mr. Jones looks up at me with cataract greyed pupils, his chronically tearing eyes suddenly filled with a dusky mist.

“Do you need anything?” I ask, drawing nearer to him as he continues to look at and through and in me.

“Can you hold my hand, Mullberry?  Can you stay close to me just for a while?”  His voice is effete, windless, struggling to carry his words between labored breaths.  The cyanotic, DNR/DNI bracelet ringed hand he holds out to me trembles with effort.

Our team rounds in but 15 minutes.  I have yet another ill patient on which to pre-round, a list of pending am labs to follow up on, a handful of consults and outside hospital records departments to call before we begin taking new admissions.  But before me lies a man who is actively dying, a soul without any kin or friend to ease his transition.  What he needs I can surely offer – his time is far more precious than mine.

Keep it clean, keep it respectful, or keep away.

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The views expressed on "Mullberry Whine" are NOT intended to diagnose or treat disease.
The med-ed related stories described here are based on real events. Details have been changed in accordance with HIPAA de-identification guidelines to protect confidentiality.
Mullberry Whine can be enjoyed daily; there is no unsafe quantity. Real wine, though, should be enjoyed in moderation. At-Risk Drinking for males under 65 is defined as >14 alcoholic beverages per week or >4/day, with >7 drinks a week or >3/day being the cut-off for females under 65 and for anyone, male or female, who has graced this planet for 65 years for more. Drink Mullberry Whine like there are no consequences. But drink alcohol responsibly. Your friends, your family, your health-care provider, and your liver - heck, ALL of the organs in your body - will thank you.
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