November 2, 2020

Dia de los Muertos

Today has been a long day. In the life of a doctor, some days are harder than others. Some weeks are harder, too. In the past week, I lost 3 of my patients. None to COVID-19, all had serious and deadly diseases. One was ready, one fought til the end, and one was way too young. I honor their memory with a candle and part of a poem. Tomorrow will be a long day.

"A Brave and Startling Truth" by Maya Angelou

“We, this people, on this small and drifting planet

Whose hands can strike with such abandon

That in a twinkling, life is sapped from the living

Yet those same hands can touch with such healing, irresistible tenderness

That the haughty neck is happy to bow

And the proud back is glad to bend

Out of such chaos, of such contradiction

We learn that we are neither devils nor divines”

Wash your hands, cover your nose, keep safe six, and breath the hope back in.