Mullberry Whine

poured out before bed

Wound Care

…adapted from Band-Aid, by Svetlana Miljkovic

She catches my hand as the resident exits the room, holding me back with her gaze.  Her eyes are like pennies, a lovely copper color, shining with blinked-back tears as she searches my face.

“I want to be home with my baby,” she half whispers.  “Please, can it be soon?”

I look into those priceless eyes, trying desperately not to let her see me focus on the purulent discharge mounded on the dressings the nurse is now removing, trying not to let her see me study the ragged edges of her dehisced incision, or the concerning readings on the monitors all about her.

“Just as soon as possible, Ms. Jones.  I’m so sorry you’ve been with us for such a long while.  But we’ve got to take care of you before we send you home to take care of your family.  We’ll get you back to healthy just as soon as we can.”

The tears are flowing now.  She covers her face with one palm, still clutching my hand to her chest.  I pull a low stool under me with my free hand.

“It’s been a month,” she sobs quietly, her breaths made shallow by pain.  “My baby is a month older and I haven’t been there.”

My resident pokes his head back in the room, looking a mixture of puzzled and frazzled as he searches for his med student charge.  When he sees us, his face softens, and he nods at me, signalling with his hands to what room I should report just as soon as I’ve expressed the exudate from this mental dehiscence.


A Step 2 CS Throwback, from Surgery


3 comments on “Wound Care

  1. kindredspirit23
    October 28, 2012

    Please let it be someone like you taking care of me should I ever need to return to the hospital.

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

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Follow me.


From the Cellar

Now Fermenting

House Rules

Creative Commons License
Nothing under the table.
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.
%d bloggers like this: