Hearsay is all it was,
You came and left and I didn’t wince,
I heard but I refused to listen,
Your agony was there but I didn’t pay attention.
Sure, I thought, you are no different from the rest,
A fever and chill must be mosquitoes at best,
Thus, about recent hospitalizations I didn’t try to probe,
Your repeated blood transfusions would have led me to the right door.
If only I had no pre-set diagnosis designed,
If only I had no bias for your complaints in my mind,
If only I didn’t interrupt you before you got to say,
“Doctor, this is my problem, please tell if I’ll be okay?”
Dr. Apeksha Kakkar
M.B.B.S, ECFMG certified
Grant Government Medical College & Sir J.J. Group of Hospitals, Mumbai, India.