Open Mic

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Open Mic: Bleeding Ink

Mar 31, 2016

I look down at my paper that was once crisp and white, fresh from the printer, and now it is so covered with writing that I struggle to find space to write down the vital signs. The folded edges are now dull as the paper fibers are softened from the alcohol and dampness from my recently washed hands. My prep work holds everything. If I lose these pages, I am lost. If I lose them, the patient is lost. They hold the name, the medical history, the reason for a hospital stay, the recent...

Caregivers Write: A Lesson from Palliative Care

Mar 17, 2016
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To Be Alone with Agnes: I didn’t want her to die. I stood on the other side of the curtain with my eyes squeezed shut and listening hard. I could hear the gentle whir and click of the IV pump against the local weatherman’s spiel detailing the day ahead, and I could hear Agnes. I counted only six deep, slow, and jagged breaths in the minute that I hid behind the curtain. I hooked a finger around the edge of the mint green curtain and slowly peered into her room. There she was. Eyes slightly...

A Violet Battle Flag: Somehow, I found myself genuinely, internally distressed about color choices I was debating between painting a room in the upstairs of my new house. Pressuring myself to make a selection in my mind, I was increasingly full of doubt regarding selecting either hue. Would this one complement existing colors? Would that one go well with the furnishings? I was actually, seriously concerned, bouncing back and forth between a final, concrete choice of nimbus cloud versus what...

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