This Is What COVID Looks Like

(This is my fictional perspective as a patient in the ICU) The awareness arises in surges. Sometimes, it afflicts me like a lightning bolt, and at other times caresses like a gentle nudge. I prefer unconsciousness to awareness. Awareness frightens me. It confuses...

‘No Need To Wear Masks Here’, she said

In the time of COVID, our weekend excursion options are limited. Hiking has become our safe, go-to activity, and we have explored many trails in this past year. On this pleasant, overcast weekend, we chose to explore a two-mile local trial. We pass by fellow hikers,...

Tales Of A Pandemic

A subtle vibration permeates the still air, a thumping, that melds with our heartbeat. The drumbeat becomes constant, louder, deafening, echoing the chaos around us.  The sounds initially emanate from a far-off land. There is news of a contagion. There are images...

The Cut

Medical training spans an eternity. One has to complete high school, college, medical school, before crossing the final hurdle of residency training. I ‘matched’ for internal medicine residency, in a university hospital in the mid-west. The program had a...

Disappointed

His eyes are luminous, I get a glimpse of his pure soul, brilliant, untarnished, innocent. He greets  me with a disarming smile. He can hardly contain himself. I am weary. I had a full load of patients  in clinic today. My medical assistant was a new hire,...