Ambulance | Jana Lee Frazier

February 5, 2015 8:30 PM

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Ambulance | Jana Lee Frazier

I had never been in an ambulance before -- on ice-encrusted back roads hurtling through a storm. In my flimsy flowered robe and thin slippers, with two young men frantically adjusting tubes and trying unsuccessfully to soothe me.

I asked not to know how fast my heart was beating, and they graciously granted my wish and remained mute. But the machine with its urgent neon yellow numbers refused my request and kept blinking "239" repeatedly throughout the journey to the hospital.

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