Inspired by the beautiful haiku of Dr. Ramona Bates of Suture for a Living, who also inspired T of Notes of an Anesthesioboist to write a Haiku, I started to write my own. Once I started writing, I couldn’t stop.
This is the result: 9 Health Care Haikus.
Dark when he leaves home,
Dark when he returns from work.
Web 2 point ooh tools,
Might help to reform health care.
Health Care Reform.
An unaffordable plan?
A matter of choice.
One trillion for war.
The poor denied insurance.
U.S. Death Panel.
P S A screening,
rectal exams, biopsies.
Worries, no less deaths.
Doctor, Desk, Patient
Questions, silence, not understood,
Frown, shake hands, such pain.
Fragile hands, white sheets,
Witty old man, nurses laugh.
Shout down silent tears.
Wishing he was dead,
Paralyzed from neck down,
Nothing he can do.
The man next to me
Curtains are closed.
Notes and Acknowledgements
- Haiku #1 : Inspired by a tweet by Scott Greenberg, MD (and resident)
- Haiku #2: Own experience, Web 2.0 is more than web 2.0 tools, Web 2.0 is people (see presentation)
- Haiku #3 and #4: Based on article: “We Can’t Afford Health Care? You Lie!” at Truthorg. (see linked photo below)
- Haiku #5 A lot of money goes into screening. But is it worth while? Recent studies show that prostate cancer screening may not lower mortality. See older post: Still Confusion about the Usefulness of PSA-screening.
- Haiku #6, #7, #8, #9 All about loneliness of patients, miscommunication, the lack of being in control and the lack of privacy. Haiku #8 and #9 are based on my own experience: the man lying next to me wanted to end his life, but was not allowed to. He had to take fluid food. I overheard the conversations between him and his doctors, nurses, a psychiatrist, a dietitian and a priest. Quite embarrassing.
- July night at ER http://www.flickr.com/photos/cobalt/1018284405/ (#1)
- Health Care Warfare Narrow: http://www.flickr.com/photos/truthout/3932066708/ (#3, #4)
- Exam: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mkmabus/2910025091/ (#5)
- Phading Doctor Patient Mural : http://www.flickr.com/photos/cbmd/2868594277/ (#6)
- The Patient in the Next Bed: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mynameisharsha/2898004506/ (#8, #9)
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