Schneiderman, L. J.
|Genre||Short Story (7 pp.)|
|Keywords||Children, Cross-Cultural Issues, Death and Dying, Family Relationships, Grief, Heart Disease, Illness and the Family, Latina/Latino Experience, Love, Mourning, Parenthood, Racism|
A Mexican-American woman has an appointment for her son Jorge to be seen at the Anglo clinic. She insists on keeping the appointment, even though her relatives think she is crazy. She reflects on events in her life--Jorge's congenital heart disease, the fact that she had a tubal ligation after his birth, and that the heart disease might have been a punishment from God. She reflects upon the fact that often people go for clinic appointments, only to find that the Anglo doctors aren't there and another appointment must be made. She carefully selects Jorge's clothes. She takes the crowded bus.
Finally, at the clinic two doctors enter after a long wait. One is a psychiatrist. In this last scene it becomes evident that Jorge has already died. His mother has brought a bundle of Jorge's clothes to the clinic for "his" appointment, still hoping for a miracle. Referring to the psychiatrist, the woman doctor tells the mother, "He will make you better."
|Publisher||Simon & Schuster|
|Editors||Richard Reynolds & John Stone|
|Place Published||New York|
|Miscellaneous||Originally published in Medical Heritage, May/June, 1985.|
|Annotated by||Coulehan, Jack|
|Date of Entry||02/22/94|