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The Other Side
  1. Angela Lumba-Brown
  1. Emergency Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, California, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Angela Lumba-Brown, Emergency Medicine, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305, USA; alumba{at}

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I went to the Emergency Department

Through the same door

That reflected my face set in determination

At the beginning of each shift.

But this time, I was wearing sandals

And my mom was with me.

Or rather, I was with her.

The glass door mirrored my glassy eyes

And my furrowed brow

Just as it reflected the distraught faces of loved ones

All. Day. Long. …

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  • Contributors AL-B conceptualised, drafted and edited the document.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient and public involvement Patients and/or the public were not involved in the design, or conduct, or reporting, or dissemination plans of this research.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.