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  • Writer's picturePaige Latham Didora

a rooftop pint makes everything bearable

Northgate Brown

Today at work, my infant patient died.

I spent hours with the family trying to help them come to a place of peace. I disconnected the ventilator and IVs myself. I watched grandparents grieving for not just their grandchildren, but their children – empty-handed parents – as well. I followed the child to the morgue and put her on the cold metal table and covered her with a handmade fleece blanket in a palpable juxtaposition.

Then my life went on, something for which I was both grateful and resentful.

I met a friend for a beer on the rooftop patio at the Cafeteria in Uptown. The sun was setting slowly and beautifully, brightening up our beer glasses and casting different shades of amber.

And suddenly I could breathe again.


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