A Piece of My Mind Section Editor: Roxanne
K. Young, Associate Editor.
The emergency medical technician brings the knapsack and gives it to
the mother. This is an act of kindness. It has been hours since he brought
her child to the trauma center. Many emergencies between then and now, yet
he cannot forget that "job": an act of giving to the mother; an act of closure
She weeps again. This is the first time she has had any part of her
son back since he left for school this morning. And for now, she has to settle
for what we tell her, and what we know we are not ready to say. She lets us
know her time waiting while he is in surgery is unbearable. It's not exactly
the waiting that makes it so hard. It's the not knowing how this will end.
And, of course, she is right.
Nenner F. The Knapsack. JAMA. 2002;287(4):417-418. doi:10.1001/jama.287.4.417