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The last ambulance ride
By Darlene M Caban   

Last edited: Sunday, February 24, 2002
Posted: Sunday, February 24, 2002

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For departed friends on dialysis

He'd been on plenty of ambulance rides
Starting with his heart attack
The wailing siren had passed in and out of his consciousness
And after that, to dialysis
His new "part-time job".
No sirens then,
Just a spacious cab
To accomodate his wheelchair

Today was his last ambulance ride...
They'd picked him up from dialysis

If he'd been a younger man,
His last ride might have been followed
By a transplant
But he was too old,
Too tired

The alarm on his dialysis machine
Had passed in and out of his consciousness
I'm so tired, he thought
Just let me sleep

They gently lifted him
From his dialysis chair
And onto the stretcher
Then into the ambulance
For his final ride.

I wrote this poem after seeing yet another patient taken out of the dialysis unit by ambulance, and who later died en route to the hospital. The death rate for dialysis patients is about 23% per year, so this is a common occurrence... but still disturbing despite its frequency.

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Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 9/27/2002
this is so sad. you sure have been through a lot!! my prayers are with you, darlene!! love, your friend, karen lynn. ((gentle hugs)) >tears <
Reviewed by Dave LeGates (YankeeDave) 3/7/2002
Dar you have seen a lot haven't you?
Reviewed by Aidan Spurrill 3/4/2002
When I read this I almost felt as if I could see, hear, and feel the events described. It was genuinely chilling.
Reviewed by E T Waldron 2/27/2002
A dose of reality. Having had heart surgery twice, I know some of the frustrations of chronic disease. Hang in there...;-)
Reviewed by S Watt (Reader) 2/24/2002

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