Waiting Room, SOLC 2015, 27 of 31

Yesterday, in the hospital waiting room (or Family Respite Room, as they call it), I was struck by the co-mingled parallel experiences of its occupants.

Many of us had checked in together that morning around 5:30 am. We part ways, go with our loved ones and then the wait begins. And it goes. Hours later we find ourselves together again in the waiting room. All feeling the same tension, all trying to pass the time. Waiting for news from our loved one’s doctor or surgical team.

Sometimes we chat – not really introducing ourselves by name, just falling into a conversation to pass the time. We learn a little about each other from hints of overhead phone conversations. We learn a little about the reason for being there. Then we go back to passing the time on our kindles, phones, computers, books.

The room perks up as a nurse or doctor approaches the waiting room – hoping that its news for them. We extend kindness to one another – offering to watch their personal items (computers, clothing, etc.) while they go to eat – we understand that it’s too much to carry around.

And then, one by one, we peel off as our loved ones are moved from recovery to private rooms and we can once again be with them. The waiting room wishes us well and there the co-mingling ends.



  1. March 27, 2015 at 12:06 pm

    I’m hoping that everything turned out okay. I love how you captured the scene in this story. xo nanc https://lovenancxoxo.wordpress.com/2015/03/27/bringing-it-together/

  2. March 27, 2015 at 1:11 pm

    Waiting – there are so many emotions. You captured the tension, the sharing, the joint connections as you wait. I hope it was a positive conclusion for you.

  3. arjeha said,

    March 27, 2015 at 4:07 pm

    Waiting is difficult. Having someone to spend time with makes it pass more quickly and helps relieve some of the tension we feel. In their own way, waiting rooms can also act as healing rooms.

  4. newtreemom said,

    March 27, 2015 at 8:55 pm

    It is just like you wrote it. It is good we can make those connections, even if they are brief. I am glad all was OK after your wait.

  5. caroline524 said,

    March 28, 2015 at 3:02 am

    You captured the emotions of everyone trying to be calm and supporting each other as they await good news from the staff.
    I’m glad everything went okay.

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