Story archives - tag: "hospital"

Silent Red

When I was little, my aunt sent a clown with a balloon bouquet to my hospital room to cheer me up, and after the clown saw me, my mom had to spend an hour trying to get him to stop crying.

tags: childhood hospital humor clown [add]

2012-01-05 11:23:01 / Rating: 574 /

Sarah K

I spent new years eve rolling quarters with my mom while my dad was in the hospital for a glorified case of indigestion.

tags: humor 2012 new year hospital [add]

2012-01-05 11:16:56 / Rating: 284 /

Laura Briggs

Shortly after having chemotherapy to end the ectopic pregnancy, the scan revealed that the baby was in fact inside the womb with a beating heart.

tags: miscarriage pregnancy health grief hospital [add]

2011-10-27 13:24:33 / Rating: 365.5 /

The Third Jane

Because they don't let children in the ICU, I colored in the waiting room while he told my mother, "She won't remember me."

tags: death hospital remembering grandfather dying last words [add]

2011-06-20 11:02:11 / Rating: 597 /


While everyone else threw their caps in the air for graduation, I sat and worried that my mom wouldn't still be alive when I got back to the hospital.

tags: high school graduation mom death sickness illness hospital [add]

2011-06-02 14:17:05 / Rating: 684.5 /


Upon seeing the horrified look on my mother's face and watching the nurse clamor into the room as the heart monitor flat lined, my 5-year-old brother brightly responded, "Look what I can do!"

tags: brother hospital nurse [add]

2010-04-19 16:44:42 / Rating: 543.5 /

Melinda B.

When picking up my son's birth certificate it dawned on me that the hospital shouldn't have let a woman doped up on Percocet and Morphine fill out the paperwork.

tags: maternity hospital parenthood drugs [add]

2009-11-16 11:27:07 / Rating: 464.5 /


The last thing I heard before going under anesthesia was the nurse saying, "Oops."

tags: hospital surgery [add]

2009-07-13 16:02:54 / Rating: 478.75 /

A. Jonas Rend

When the surgeon asked me if the woman in the waiting room was my wife, I wanted to say "Someday, I hope."

tags: hospital love [add]

2009-05-29 09:13:37 / Rating: 898.25 /


There is no square box space on the calender for "3am emergency room visit with daughter."

tags: hospital baby infection motherhood calender day planner [add]

2009-05-04 11:28:13 / Rating: 454.25 /


As I overheard my employees gossiping about how I "need to get laid," I had to wonder, would that prescription change if any of them knew I am a recovering sex addict.

tags: humor sex addiction hospital university guilt [add]

2009-04-30 10:08:06 / Rating: 866.75 /


The three of us laughed together for nearly an hour in a conversation begun by the phrase "Dad got transferred to a mental ward!"

tags: family laughter divorce abuse strength love hospital mental ward [add]

2009-02-17 13:36:46 / Rating: 681.5 /


Shortly after a palliative care nurse suggested Preparation H as a treatment for my weeping induced under-eye bags, my mother, who was dying of cancer, opened her eyes and left me with these parting words of wisdom to sustain me after she died: "Whatever you do, Petunia, do NOT put ass cream on your face."

tags: Mother death under eye bags hospital grief humor ass cream [add]

2009-01-23 14:22:40 / Rating: 3593.25 /


Fear and heartbreak clutched at me as they tightened the handcuffs on my wrists and took my baby girl away - because I'd been responsible enough to bring her to the hospital.

tags: child daughter arrest police hospital abuse handcuffs [add]

2009-01-22 10:54:35 / Rating: 705.25 /

never the same

I watched her tiny tummy sucking in, her skin pulling tight against her ribs, her hand involuntarily closing on my index finger as she struggled for every breath, and I thought, "One day, is one day too much to ask?"

tags: baby birth sick dying father dad daddy hospital serious drama doctor nurse emergency funeral death [add]

2008-12-22 15:51:17 / Rating: 1096.25 /

T mac

The night I was in the hospital was the night I fell for the boy I had only known a week.

tags: hospital love [add]

2008-12-08 17:33:44 / Rating: 453 /


I was bleeding and in pain, but I had to laugh when the ER nurse asked the guy in the next room, "You swallowed HOW MANY toothbrushes?"

tags: humor ER hospital munchausen syndrome [add]

2008-11-14 15:21:37 / Rating: 1342 /


I blacked out and woke up in a bigger hospital one hundred miles away from the first when the neurosurgeon flicked my big toe.

tags: hit and run injury hospital broken neck [add]

2008-10-15 15:12:21 / Rating: 393.75 /


I know doctors hear it all, but how many other people fracture their hand while rapping on the wall to try to get the neighbors to stop having such loud sex?

tags: humor hospital sex [add]

2008-08-06 16:33:06 / Rating: 771 /

Elliott Alter Ego

I could hear him screaming, "WOO!" all the way from the hospital waiting room.

tags: woo hospital grandpa drug side effects hallucinations [add]

2008-06-05 16:29:59 / Rating: 491.25 /

La De Da

It's never like the movies...we pulled the plug and he took two hours to die.

tags: death dad hospital life [add]

2007-11-15 22:21:37 / Rating: 907.75 /

truth will prevail

I watched the fireworks that night through the window of my wife's room at the hospital.

tags: Independence Day hospital fireworks [add]

2007-08-30 16:49:47 / Rating: 507.25 /

Just Another Girl

The minute you walked away, I knew you weren't a man.

tags: miscarriage hospital breakup loss love [add]

2007-08-01 12:33:41 / Rating: 903.25 /


After that horrible accident, my mom was on a ventilator and I was the only one who could understand that she was asking to die.

tags: trauma sadness accident hospital [add]

2007-05-29 15:58:45 / Rating: 772.75 /

truth will prevail

As I lay on the operating room table, I held my breath to watch the heart monitor slow down and then let it go to watch it speed up again.

tags: humor operating room operation hospital fun [add]

2007-04-16 12:44:59 / Rating: 903.25 /

Can you pay karmatic debt in advance?

After severly hurting my foot, losing my job, being evicted from our home without cause, nursing my 3 year old through strep, picking my fiance and his totaled car up at the hospital, and going into debt, I wondered, "what else can happen in one month?"

tags: bad luck injury fired children hospital car accident [add]

2006-12-10 13:15:25 / Rating: 696.75 /

Johnny Luddite

As the porter wheeling my gurney down to the operating room took a corner too tightly, crashing my arm into the wall, I reflected that my last utterance on this earth might well be a profanity.

tags: medical bad day profanity hospital [add]

2006-09-14 07:13:46 / Rating: 1437.75 /