An Unconcerned Society

Now most of my time is spent in bed. But, I am able to get up to take a shower, use the bathroom, pour some water etc…. Yesterday, mid-afternoon, I got up and looked outside my scenic window which opens to the front of the hospital.  It was a Friday afternoon so I saw various people and cars moving around.  It was also a sunny day.I couldn’t tell you the temperature, though, because I haven’t been outside for a couple of days.

I was taken aback as I saw a man, laying between the curb and the sidewalk. I watched for a couple of minutes for someone to walk up and see if he was okay. But nobody did.  I watched at least 10 people walk right past him. Several of those people were hospital staff dressed in scrubs. Not one single person acknowledged him.

This disturbed me to a great extent.  I pressed my call button to have a nurse come in.  Although I was very worried about the man, I wasn’t trying to go into early labor by standing up for too long to keep looking out the window.  The nurse took a little longer than normal to come in my room.  By the time she came in and I told her what I saw, we looked out the window and the man was gone.

I don’t know if the man was homeless taking a nap. I don’t know if he was in need of medical attention and didn’t make it inside.  Regardless, why did not one person stop to make sure he was okay? As a society we have to do better.  Even if you don’t feel safe approaching the man yourself, ask some hospital staff to come out and make sure he’s okay. America, where’s our compassion and concern for others?!

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