A nurse writes: This is a poem written by my dear friend as she undergoes treatment for breast cancer. I think it should be posted just to remind us that our patients are real people and not just numbers . I know at times we are beyond busy but that should not be a reason.
Hey nurse, nurse look at me.
Tell me, what do you see?
Do you see me as me? Or
You ask me my name and
DOB every time!
Do you see me as a child?
I once was, with red hair and mischief
And lots of smiles.
Hey nurse, nurse look at me and
Tell me what you see
As you chatter to your co-worker
About what you did last night
Are you really thinking about me
As I lie upon this cold steel slab?
Hi, I’m Marie. Not number M841177.
I was once a young lass with lots of
Dreams. I wanted to be an air hostess.
Did you know that?
Hey nurse, nurse look at me and tell me
What do you see, me or K8748175,
While you are joining my tattoo dots?
I loved and got married to a wonderful man.
I loved to go dancing, did you know that?
Hey nurse, nurse remember, do you see me
As Marie or L3741752?
As I go to ask a question, only to be told
Just lie still while we move your body for awhile…
Hey nurse. Nurse. I’m Marie, not number P1247175.
I became a mother of four children, did you know that?
Grandmother of nine. Great Granny of three
And another on the way.
But nurse. Nurse, you’re not looking at me!
Hey. Nurse. Nurse look at me
Tell me what you see.
Do you see me as someone who has worked hard her whole life?
Or do you see me as patient B8746615?
Hey nurse. Nurse look at me
And tell me, what do you see
As you tell me we have to leave you now
As the radiation will start very soon…
Hey nurse, nurse, look at me
And tell me, what do you see?
As I listen to the machine as it moves around me
Burning my body
I look at the ceiling and what do I see?
A constellation of Scorpio. I wonder to myself
Nurse, do you know that is me?
I’m a Scorpio!
Hey nurse. Nurse, look at me
Tell me, what you see
As you tell me you’re done now,
See you tomorrow…
Well nurse, nurse, I will know
Tomorrow just what you see
And that is DOB 05.11.55 and
Number C2237175, as you
Really don’t know me!