Two Countries, One Goal

Wards.

Beep. Beep. Beep. Screens, monitors, televisions – Glowing lights attentions to keep.

Diabetes, obesity, MI looking for an answer. XRAY, CT, MRI, genotyping, exhausting all options. Cancer.

Two beds and a divider – solitude it does promote. Nurses in scrubs in charge of care, Doctors bustling in white coats.

Tap tap tap on the keyboard is just fine. Electronic records pulled here and there, Searching UpToDate to give best care. Everything in its spot online.

Students taking notes, Answering questions and ending up stumped, Yet to their studies they remain devote.

These students come from schools all over, Undergrad degrees, B.A., B.S. or the like. The amount of information makes you feel sober.

Interns and residents the next in command, Checking each other’s reasoning, It is their job to develop the patient plan.

Fly over to the primary care office – Preventative care is the emphasis, while drug addiction now of nasty relevance, sometimes making it impossible to bring solace.

Frustration. Insurance inaccessible for far too many, Healthcare ideals dividing a nation.

America.

Wards.

Quiet, a lone cough or moan. Patients sleeping and waiting to be seen, An eerie yet somehow peaceful tone.

 HIV, Diabetes, TB, patients looking for an answer. XRAY, LP, maybe a CT if money can be spared. Cancer.

 Four beds open and visible is each patient’s throat. Nurses and sisters in green keeping order; Doctors bustling in white coats.

 Scratch scratch scratch on the paper Many papers searched through, Memory serving to puzzle together patient clues. Astonishing how they keep it all straight.

 Students taking notes, Answering questions and ending up stumped, Yet to their studies they remain devote.

 These students are younger yet wise, Straight out of high school to five years of medicine. To each other these students have strong ties.

 Junior Doctors and Registrars next in command, 36 hour shifts and still impressively functioning, It is their job to develop the patient plan.

 Fly over to the clinic – Each day a different one: Neuro, Cardio, Kaposi Sarcoma, and more run, Prescribing affordable care is no picnic.

 Frustration. Private insurance and patients traveling to India, Many patients succumbing to palliation.

 Zimbabwe.

Healthcare is universal with many similarities.
Patients get sick and there are people who will strive to provide aid,
Helping these people when they are most afraid. This drive truly transcends our dissimilarities.

 

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