To stop time. World Cancer Day
4 february 2019
Today, February 4, is World Cancer Day. This date encourages us to think about what each of us can do to face this terrible disease. We can monitor our health, eat right, and not give in to bad habits. We can tell our friends about it. We can also tell stories.
How does this help? Baptiste Beaulieu, physician and author of The Emergency, is convinced that words can heal. Stories can take us to other worlds. They help to escape not only from the familiar environment, but also from the body affected by the disease.
“The rescue of patients with the help of books that take them to the 16th century or to the moon, to the future or to ancient Rome and to leave this strange and sometimes terrible planet called a hospital for several hours is a struggle that is worth it “- says Beaulieu. And we agree with him.
Let’s tell you one story
On the 6th floor of the hospital, where the intern Baptiste works, there is a woman of about 50. Before the start of treatment for cancer, she had thick red hair, for which Baptiste called the woman the Firebird. She is waiting for her son, who is stuck on the other side of the world due to a volcanic eruption.
The emaciated appearance and gray complexion of the Firebird did not appear immediately. Before her illness, she was an amazing woman. When the doctor announced her diagnosis, she smiled … and clenched her teeth. She clung to her purse and everything else that still obeyed her will. She decided to fight. And then the doctor wrote out a referral for her to have a wig.
Now the Firebird is forced to wear a hospital gown. In it, it looks like a sail. Ask what is wrong with sailboats? They just have to sail into the open sea …
Objective: stop time
In the problem “How to stop time” we are given:
1) an enraged volcano;
2) death, driving horses daily;
3) an intern who has patience, a stethoscope and a thick notebook with different stories.
Baptiste solved the equation simply: “I’ll be there for her. I will talk until the planes start flying and her son returns. She will listen to me. As long as he listens, he will live. I’m sure I’ll have enough patience. “
So Baptiste begins to tell the Firebird stories about doctors and patients. He talks about strange visitors who are embarrassed to disturb the attending physician, but easily call the ambulance.
Well, it is the duty of doctors to reassure such patients too. Baptiste also talks about people who surprise doctors.
Baptiste then tells the story of Monsieur Gebe. He is in a deep coma, and for a long time. His consciousness has gone far along a deserted road, on which no one can find him. He doesn’t react to anything.
His wife Nut is trying to bring bright colors to hospital life. She adorns the pale beige walls of the chamber with love. Children’s toys, photographs, music. All funds are spent on the fight against irreversibility, on the fight to keep her husband close.
It’s incredible. Nobody can explain it. But it is so.
Madame Orpheus and the magic words
Baptiste also tells a story about Madame Orpheus. Her friend was admitted to the palliative care unit, she had the last stage of cancer. Madame Orpheus came to her every day, and in order to somehow support her, she described everything that was happening around.
But then the patient’s eyesight deteriorated sharply, and Madame Orpheus began to paint. She painted for her, depicting life that goes or comes. When her friend could no longer see the drawings, Madame Orpheus began to read aloud to her.
“Sometimes help can be done simply with words,” says Baptiste.
Words can ease pain, provide hope, or take us to a place where illness will never reach. As long as we have stories, we can solve this problem. We can stop time.
Based on materials from the comic “Emergency”