Mrs. T

“I don’t feel worth a damn.”
Head pounding, can’t breathe. Bright eyes plead beneath tattooed brows. 79 years with COPD, pulmonary hypertension, atrial fibrillation. On three liters. Diurese? AKI. Cardiovert? Back in a day. Tinker with meds…I just want to mend her paper bag lungs.
Two weeks pass. How do you feel? “I don’t feel worth a damn.”

Year Created: 2020

Internal Medicine Resident from Salt Lake City.