Bonnie Salomon, MD
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The grey tide arrives daily
announced by four wheels
squeaking on linoleum tiles.
The first wave with fevers,
septic work-ups, culture everything.
Plug in antibiotics, plug in
The second wave lost their feeding tubes.
Green-blue liquid on their gowns.
The paramedics come and go
but do not speak of Michelangelo.
The thick ferment of long-spent lives
ends like this:
another in the grey tide.
"Well, I need a vacation,"
he laughs, told his left hip is broken.
"Don't worry, I'm not going anywhere."
Graceful in his humor, a brave man.
92 years old, loved
Salomon B. "We're Getting Another Nursing Home Patient": Monday Morning in the Emergency Department. Ann Intern Med. 1992;117:873. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-117-10-873
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1992;117(10):873.
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