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Artist: Eric Zabriskie, M.D., Psychiatrist

It’s Just A Heart Cath They Said


Rejoice in the lines of a poem, which relates a heart cath, its treatment, and the feelings of family members. Regardless of the prompt and skilled medical care, human intervention comes to a point when the outcome is up to nature.

Mr. & Mrs. Green come to the prep area

Hello, why are you here

It’s just a heart cath they said

 

Told the kids to do their own thing

It’s not a big deal

Go on about your life

It’s just a heart cath they said

 

Take some pictures

See some blockages

Place some stents

All goes well, till it doesn’t

Perforation, drop in blood pressure

Get a balloon, place a covered stent,

No Blood pressure, start CPR

Intubate, drain the pericardium

Place an Impella

Whew, we got him back

It’s just a heart cath they said

 

Go to waiting room, see a woman

Sitting alone, anxious

Where is your family

They are ... not with me

It’s just a heart cath they said

My husband, the father of my children

How is he? He is fine… right?

It’s just a heart cath they said

 

It was perfect till it wasn’t

It was magical till it became a nightmare

Call the children

In different parts of the country

One is driving, one is with her children

It’s just a heart cath they said

 

Is he fine?

Will he be ok?

Will the man I married

Will our father - come back to us?

The way he used to be

It’s just a heart cath they said

 

Time will tell

We were fast and efficient There was no delay in treatment The rest is up to nature

 

It’s just a heart cath they said Till it isn’t 

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