"Up on the ward I walked around with a heightened sense of all that was going on around me. I noticed that the nurses had taped to the wall a poem typed on now yellowed and brittle paper:"
Please See My Need
Take time to hear my words
Please know that I'm still here
Outside I'm weak and sick and worn
Inside my heart knows Fear
I have so much I want to say
There's much undone to do
I don't want a world of cold machines
I just want some time from you
You check for fever - you check for pulse
And then you're on your way
Oh please just sit and hold my hand
A few minutes - can't you stay?
Skip my bath. Don't change the sheets
Use this time instead...
Let me share the FearsI know
Please, sit here by my bed
Inside I beg, but I can't ask
Your time is yours to give
So many need your help and care
So many - who will live
I've used up all the life I have
I now await the day
So God, I pray you'll see my need
Please send someone who will stay.
excerpt from ****** Konner M.D.