I am in the waiting room of the Kidney clinic in Northlakes. I am early for my appointment and the only person in the room except for one other older man. A doctor came in and searched the room before calling “Barbara?” For some strange reason she then looked straight at me. I felt I had to respond.

I answered “I could be a Barbara if you need one. I am flexible. But wait, maybe what she has is worse than what I have. So no, not me.”

She laughed of course, but I swear she had a worried look.

It looks like Barbara is not going to show up. I hope she is ok.

Would you let this man be your Barbara?

Author: Uisce úr

Though I am old with wandering Through hollow lands and hilly lands, I will find out where she has gone, And kiss her lips and take her hands; And walk among long dappled grass, And pluck till time and times are done, The silver apples of the moon, The golden apples of the sun.

5 thoughts on “Barbara”

  1. Totalitarian? On the contrary. Very supportive. I couldn’t expect better care. One of the reasons I’m staying here. And it costs me not a cent to see a doctor or specialist. Aussie healthcare is still extraordinarily good. Though the Tory bastards are trying to destroy it.


  2. A few weeks ago one of our drivers, who was doing an ADHB Dialysis run, called me and gave me a great compliment.
    He explained that the woman had died in the cab and he wanted me, rather than any other staff member, to call her home and tell them.
    While I did consider that I would do as good a job as possible, That would have gotten me fired.
    So I called the ADHB group who called the dialysis clinic, who said to bring her in any way as they had procedures in place for such eventualities.
    I have read several articles and in two cases spoken to medical doctors who affirm that if they were diagnosed as needing dialysis that they would refuse treatment and enter a hospice.


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