From the December 1988 magazine.

You Don't Have to Be Alone

I wish to share with you a Christmas experience. I am an AA member and I also work in a critical care unit as a registered nurse. Shortly after the day shift started Christmas Day, we got a call from the medical floor to tell us they were sending a patient up to us because he was depressing the hell out of the nurses on that floor. It seemed like a crazy reason to transfer a patient to intensive care. Our charge nurse said, "Maggie, he's yours." Through the doors came my patient--a chronic alcoholic in the end stages of liver failure. He was dying!

I will describe what this man...

-- Margaret B.

Ottawa, Ontario