The Lonely Patient: A Short Story

January 12, 2018 at 9:11 pm (Geopolitics and International Relations, News, Short stories, Short Story) ()

The Lonely Patient: A Short Story

The man lay on his bed in the hospital and sighed.

No visitors.

Again today.

No visitors.

No family.

No friends.

No co-workers from his long and varied career.

He had once served in a big and powerful position.

But now that he no longer had that, no one came to see him.

The only people who entered his room were nurses and orderlies.

But even they- once they had done their selected tasks in the room- quickly left.

Most of them glanced at him, grimaced and then left.

The only person who stayed and talked to him and showed genuine concern for him was his doctor.

She wasn’t his regular doctor.

She was the doctor who had been assigned to him when he was admitted to hospital.

No, not even his regular doctor visited him.

No one visited him these days.

The only one who was a constant visitor was this doctor.

She generally showed up every 45 minutes to an hour.

She always said “Hello”, gave him a warm smile as she entered the room and touched his forehead and held his hand and asked him, how he was doing?

When she left, she always turned around and smiled and said, “I’ll be back in a bit.”

And then exited.

And she always was.

Always was back in a bit.

The man himself said very little to her when she was in the room.

Very little at all.

Today at this time as she was about to leave, the man felt compelled to ask her, “I can’t help but notice. You seem to have an accent. Where are you from?”.

She turned and smiled at the man, “Haiti.”

She stood there as if waiting for some sort of response or visual acknowledgement from the man.

Instead the man just immediately turned his head and glanced away.

She left the room and gently closed the door behind her.

The man thought to himself as he continued to look at the drawn curtains on the window.

Had he not years ago once referred to Haiti as a shithole country in a rowdy meeting where he was overheard by several people making those remarks.

The man looked back towards the door.

The woman doctor who had just left the room had great nobility of character.

The man who lay lonely and alone in that hospital room did not.

For he had made his bed.

Now he must lie in it.

-A short story
written by Christopher
Friday January 12th


  1. Hyperion said,

    After his reign of ruin it was his country that was called, blowhole by the great resurgent nations of Afrika. As he had turned his back on them, Russian and Chinese agents slipped into lucrative agreements to extract the wealth of natural resources from the continent to their own. It was said that 98 year old Grand High Wizard of Nations, Vladimir Pootin now had two tigers as pets who promptly ate Her Hineyness Madame Merkle’s pet Doberman Pincher while she knelt under the table to seal the deal for a new Russogermanic Empire.

    • Dracul Van Helsing said,

      That sounded like quite the deal signing ceremony for the new Russo-Germanic Empire. πŸ˜‚

      • Hyperion said,

        Bre’r Pootin drives a hard bargain. He he heeeeh!

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        I wonder if Merkel enjoys swallowing a Russian sausage as much as she enjoys swallowing German sausages.

      • Hyperion said,

        It’s all in the flavor of fresh beef and spices.

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        I wonder if 98-year-old beef has much flavour? πŸ€”

      • Hyperion said,

        Oh sure, if it’s properly freeze dried and vacuum sealed

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        That sounds like the way Maxwell House used to boast about packaging its coffee in ads and commercials of the 1970s.

      • Hyperion said,

        Yes, they convinced us that drinking sawdust and dirt with mouse poo was tasty.

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        Shows the power of advertising. πŸ˜€

      • Hyperion said,

        Absolutely, brain washing and social media with the help of news media and smartphones have change our reality. We will drink whale urine strained through horse poop if the internet tells us to. All we need is for Dr. Phil and Oprah to swear by it and a million divers will be tailing whales with collection bottles in hand. Farmers raising horses will become the new millionaires.

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? will be filmed in a barn.

      • Hyperion said,

        Bwaa haa haaa! The winner gets 100 pounds of manure and a gallon of pee. (source unknown)

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        And loving it!

        As Maxwell Smart would say.

      • Hyperion said,

        I can hear the incessant bragging at the bar.

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        To say nothing of what’s happening in the urinals. πŸ˜‚

      • Hyperion said,

        LMAO πŸ˜‚.

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,


  2. ortensia said,

    At the end we all make our own bed……not only but this should also teach us that behind every situation there is a reason and we should never be easy on our judgement.lovely story

  3. Orvillewrong said,

    Obviously if you make your own bed only you has to lie in it!

    • Dracul Van Helsing said,

      Unless of course you’re a manufacturer of mattresses, Malcolm.

      In which case other people will pay you to lie in the beds you’ve made. πŸ˜‚

  4. George F. said,

    Holy Kracky that’s great! At first I thought you were describing me…old, lonely, no visitors…but no! You went much further than I had imagined! Loved it!

  5. righteousbruin9 said,

    It might pan out that way. People tend to stick with those who show kindness to them, consistently. This also reminds me of an episode in the 1970’s sitcom, “All In The Family”. Archie Bunker, the Steve Bannon of TV, finds himself in hospital. He needs a blood transfusion, which ends up being provided by a Black doctor, from Barbados. When Archie finds out, he yells “Why didn’t I get blood from a WHITE donor?” The doc smiles and says, “Listen, boyzie, just know that you should sleep, and when you wake up, you will have a strange craving for watermelon.”

    • Dracul Van Helsing said,

      LOL !

      I think I remember that episode, Gary. πŸ˜€

      Yes, the way the lady doctor treats people is the way Christ asked His followers to treat all people- even those with personalities like Trump.

      The way Trump treats other people is definitely un-Christlike.

  6. Crimson said,

    That plot twist though. Man, this was nice!

  7. janowrite said,

    Excellent twist!

  8. saintfrosty said,

    Powerful story, if only someone specific would read it. I really liked it!

  9. lucindarose1927 said,

    That was so powerful. It moved me.

  10. Candy Lebby said,

    Wasn’t expecting that! Love your blog.

  11. Bliss Winters said,

    The ending really made this. I was starting to slip into the trap of “Oh this is just some mediocre story” then BAM! I was completely converted to the other side. Very well written indeed.

  12. Dracul Van Helsing said,

    Thank you very much.

    Yes, the whole point of the story would come in the twist at the end.

  13. amanda said,

    Did not see the end coming at all. Very insightful.

  14. David Redpath said,

    “Goodness hides behind it’s gates
    but even the president of the United States
    sometimes must have to stand naked.”
    ~ Bob Dylan , ‘It’s Alright Ma’

  15. CandzAfrica said,

    Very powerful, this leaves a lasting, resonating feeling with me πŸ™‚

    • Dracul Van Helsing said,

      Thank you very much. πŸ™‚

      That’s exactly the feeling I wanted to leave with the reader of this story.

      • CandzAfrica said,

        You are welcome πŸ™‚

  16. sunraejanuary said,


  17. thecapturedmind said,

    nice another great short story

    you should check out my stories sometime

  18. Elijah Richard said,

    This is great! Thank you for the fantastic read πŸ™‚

  19. emmataaliah said,

    How we shouldn’t judge people and their background for it is not the true mirror of their mannerism and their noble act. Sigh… It is a shame that there are some who thinks lowly of people just because of their background.

    • Dracul Van Helsing said,

      Yes, it is a shame.

      Very very sad that some people do that.

      Thank you for your comment.

  20. Samantha Loves To Read said,

    The story is very melancholy with several important messages. The two that strike me the most is how you receive what you put into life. The relationships you make are very important. Also, never judge someone by where they are from. I really enjoyed reading it. Thank you for sharing ❀

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