The nurse checking your vitals has plans. She’s distracted. You’ve been in the hospital long enough to know the shift is almost over.

Soon another person in a lime uniform will come into your room, erase this nurse’s name from the tiny whiteboard and write in their own.

You hope it’s Sam, who’s quick with the dirty jokes and quicker still with the dilaudid, the good stuff.

But this one, she has plans. Dinner? Clubbing? Something far way from this place, and patients like you. You don’t blame her. Once upon a time, you had all kinds of plans, too.


Andrew O. Dugas’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in HOOT, Crack the Spine, 100 Word Story, Unlikely Stories, and many other places. His novel Sleepwalking in Paradise was published by Numina Press in June 2014. There is a fair to middlin’ chance he’s mailed you a haiku on a postcard.

Photo Credit: Marissa Anderson

2 Responses to “Plans”

  1. Kirsten Love says:

    So good!

  2. Tony Press says:

    Excellent – and nailed it with that last sentence.

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