Isolation, by Margalida Rodríguez

 

I’m walking to room 102. When I enter, I see him, an old man lying in bed. He’s been here for over a month and I’ve been his nurse. He is the most kind and nice person I’ve met in a long time. He smiles at me and hangs up his phone saying goodbye to his family. They can’t visit him, he has coronavirus and he has to be isolated from them. Today is a big day: I have in my hands the results of the latest test we did to him, today he’ll know if he can return home. I approach his bed. I can tell he is nervous, better not keep him waiting, so with a genuine smile, I tell him he is free to go. And just for that sight, that nervous laugh, that look in his eyes, I realize that becoming a nurse is the best decision I’ve ever made.