Something’s Different. Something’s Not Right. Listen to Me.

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I wrote the following poem based on an event that happened while Lynn was a patient in the hospital. I recognized changes beginning to occur that indicated he was heading for trouble with his medical condition. I tried to alert the medical team to the fact that  something wasn’t right, but they insisted based on lab reports that my gut feelings had to be wrong. They would not heed my warnings became reality and my husband moved to intensive care.

Something is Different.    Something is Not Right.    Listen to Me. 

 

Something is different.

Didn’t you hear that? Don’t you see the difference?

It’s not the same.

Something is wrong.  Something has changed.

Trust me, I know. I can tell.

It’s not right.

I don’t care that his lab work is normal.

I don’t care that he looks good to you.

I don’t care that you’re an expert in illness.

I am the expert in him.

 

In our world of daily living, we are one.

I know when something is wrong.

I know his every breath.

I know what every sound he makes means.

I know where every pimple, pink spot, dark bruise, or open tear appears.

I know his smells-good and bad.

I know his body temp-good and bad.

I know his moods-good and bad.

I recognize changes-good and bad.

 

Just like any artisan working his craft,

I am the artisan giving healing in his life.

I know him.

I know what works and what doesn’t.

I know how best to apply healing to work.

You need my help.

 

I keep you from making mistakes.

I stop your  assumptions that harm.

I am your partner, not your enemy.

Use ME.

 

Something is different. Something is not right.

Listen. To. Me.

Something

Is

Wrong.

5 thoughts on “Something’s Different. Something’s Not Right. Listen to Me.”

  1. Patricia Berry

    Fortunately my husband’s MS doctor does listen to us. Can’t say the same for the ER doctors and nurses .. I’m sure they roll their eyes at me. However .. I am not easily put off and will not let up until I am listened to, even if I have to have him transferred to the hospital across town where his MS doctor is. It’s a crazy life .. but it’s ours. My husband is full time wheelchair and is secondary progressive .. and I plan to keep him healthy and living right here at home for a long long time .. we’ve been doing this for over 35 years now, so I KNOW that I know when something is different or wrong.

  2. Julianne Day-Evers

    Wow! This is so beautiful, so heartfelt & right on. Thank you for expressing what we caregivers know & feel but so often have difficulty putting into words.

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