there’s no doc in the ER

BioMed Tools in the ER Room 4 - Blue Team

there’s no doc in the ER

biomed tools
highly sensitive
better be right
fetal heart tones
recognized by all
ringing on the PA


there’s no doc in the ER but the nurse can check the baby

proactive care
out the window
sound the alarm
i need a doc today

neck sore enough
to fall off your head
must be a lymph node

viruses looming
in everyone’s cough
it’s the PA who is
lifetime certified
today upon

there’s no doc in the ER but the PA prescribes a high tech high class germ annihilator

once upon a time
there were docs in the ER
and if you broke your arm
you were in the right hands

now they wander the halls
with Alzheimer patients
waiting for someone
to blame
because they got
the wrong lunch

there’s no doc in the ER charge the triage nurse it’s the place to go for primary care


I fell the other day, and thought I might have broken my hand, went to ER, and you know what, the fact that you will see a doc while there is now a big fairy tale. Actually, I didn’t think I broke my hand, my physical therapist refuse to touch me until he was sure there was no fraction. He said he did not want to cause vascular damage. So he made me go. But either way, I went, and that’s what I saw this past week.

Written for:

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Also posted on:

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Also Posted on: Wordless Wednesday: My Siamese “twins”

Photo Credit: Bat-Ami Gordin  © 2011 all rights reserved, credit if you use it, please.

About zongrik

For those of you who do not know the handle "zongrik," that would be Bat-Ami Gordin. Most people call me "Tammy." Bat-Ami means "daughter of my nation" in Hebrew. It's a heavy name to carry around. I answer to either name. I also answer to "mama." Some Basic Things about me: Animal lover, mom, poet/writer, dramatic soprano, photographer, teacher/tutor, CERT/Technician and, oh yeah, aerospace engineer. I consider myself "The Astro-Poet." To learn more about the origins of the word "zongrik" see whats-a-zongrik?

Posted on December 12, 2011, in I Saw Sunday, Poetry, Sunday Scribblings and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 17 Comments.

  1. Too common an experience. Hope you got your x-ray and on your way to healing.

    Keep me and the others posted on how you are doing.

    Peace and love
    Siggi in Downeast Maine

  2. Hopefully you get the care you need. There must be docs around somewhere. My bills say the doctors are everywhere, consulting, reading up on the latest techniques, et cetera.

  3. It is so true…our healing is put into treacherous hands…

    • i don’t think it’s treacherous. doctors are not the only ones who can heal us. i just wanted to put out an awareness that doctors are not the people we see in the ER anymore. does not mean the people we see are not doing their jobs, and are not capable. it’s a good thing, i think.

  4. Hope your hand is feeling better. 🙂

    Thanks for leaving your link at I Saw Sunday.

  5. And the inmates are running the asylum!

  6. It certainly isn’t a reassuring place.

  7. This is a very complicated piece of writing and I need to read it again. It is a piece that makes us sit up and think; thank you for writing it.
    I am glad you did not fracture your hand. Here in the UK, hospitals are much criticised these days for not delivering enough hands on care. There are not enough staff on wards to feed the elderly and do the basics….

    • I don’t think it’s a bad thing that people who are not doctors are in the ER. Doctors are very expensive and most people in the ER don’t belong there, all they need is some chicken soup and rest. A lot of other people need anti-biotics. Some actually need higher levels of care, and doctors are there for that, if necessary. It’s just that it’s a myth, a fairy tale that you go see a doc at the ER these days. There’s so much medical care that does not require a med degree, and it can be great care if the people are sympathetic, well trained and competent.

  8. Did you wait all day to see no doctor? Grrr for modernity.

  9. Medicine is not what it used to be. I have a handful of the same doctors I’ve been seeing for over 20 years but know that stepping outside of that circle, it’s a crap shoot.

  10. I reckon they save the docs for more serious life threatening cases, and have medical officers and housemen attend to the general. It does read a bit cold, and hospitals, especially the public ones are.

  11. lol, I hear ya, lol, this is cool, Hilarious… thank you, much appreciated, WS

  12. This would be so funny if it wasn’t so serious. Well written piece.

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