I learned this week that the child of some old friends had to undergo major reconstructive surgery. While sharing my thoughts and well-wishes with his parents, memories came rushing back of the scary week our daughter spent in a pediatric intensive care unit with septic shock from bacterial tracheitis. She recovered, thank goodness. After she was well, I wrote down some of my thoughts about the experience of having a child in the hospital. Some of what resulted appears at the “Hospital Poems” link on the Poetry page.