I assisted in performing CPR today. I've done it in the past, but not the chest thrusts. The woman was so old and brittle that I felt a rib gently give way. This is why the ancient among us need DNR orders.
Two aides scurried around, scolding me, "Why are you doing CPR on a dead lady?"
When the paramedics arrived, they knew at a glance that she was too far gone. The unhurried EKG revealed a steady flat line. She was declared without much ado.
She was not my patient. I had never seen her alive. I felt strange that my intimate interaction with this person was after she had passed.