Just Keep Breathing

Breathe in,
Breathe out.
Sanitize.
First patient.
Push aside my anxieties
To make room for theirs.
Sanitize.
9 more patients.
Breath in,
Breathe out.
Attending rounds.
Sanitize.
Present.
Sanitize.
Repeat.
Breathe in,
Breathe out.
Notes, orders, consults.
Update nurses.
Social work.
Finally, break time.
But, wait…
Familiar buzzing.
Breathe in,
Breathe out.
Code blue.
Run.

Year Created: 2020

Co-Editor, Volume 1, Voices from the Residents. An Internal Medicine resident.