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Pectoriloquy |

Advice to an EMT FREE TO VIEW

Ron Riekki, PhD
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Editor’s Note:The poet has authored two books.

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Chest. 2014;146(4):1131. doi:10.1378/chest.14-0362
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Do not make things too hard.
There are lungs and there are hearts,
as well as forests and breeze.
The Bundle of His is not something
you will fix alone.
Don’t get sick.
Don’t get the patient sick.
Don’t curse in front of patients.
Let them curse.
If you have rocks in your pockets,
you might want to put them down somewhere
to lighten your load.
If your stomach is hard and knotty,
imagine the patient’s stomach.
If you can’t stand the sight of blood,
keep in mind that after awhile
you can stand the sight of blood.
If they’re shivering, try to keep them warm.
If they’re bleeding, try to stop it.
If it’s broken, try to splint it.
If they need someone to listen to their story about Vietnam,
listen.
Then eat.
Pray.
Swim.


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