Suffering together

I was having a busy week at work.

At 2:30 am one night I finally got to see an 89 year-old man quietly waiting in a corner cubicle. Some hours earlier he was brought to the ED by an ambulance after the onset of progressively worsening abdominal pain. He’d been given analgesia on arrival and his pain had since largely settled. I apologized for the long wait before introducing myself as an Emergency Medicine Registrar. We shook hands.

“Pleased to met you”, he said, “you have my sympathies…”

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