45-year-old in ICU with Crohn’s.
Hyptensive in the OR, starved in his brain.
Vented for a month, he doesn’t respond to voice,
but winces when I touch his belly.
“Essentially unchanged” ends my note.
His wife, here every day
for hours by his side, observes:
“I think he likes the TV on.”
She says she sees improvement.

Tom Sweder, Class of 2001