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Urgency

We learn a lot in Emergency Rooms. Patience, for one. I’m sitting in a semi-circle of beige chairs, waiting for the doctor to tell me that I’ve got a bad cold. And to prescribe some antibiotics. This is important, the antibiotics.

Folks spend a lot of time in waiting rooms. I suppose this is why they’ve earned this nickname. What’s weird is the complacency, the easy camaraderie. This man with wavy gray hair in front of me is chit-chatting with a black woman in a wheelchair. It’s like they’re old friends. Too much time waiting around for something to happen…

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Ricco Villanueva Siasoco is a Manhattan-based writer and non-profit manager. More

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