Getting there, need a sticker saying how I got in there, there's a room
Open up the curtain, she's just sitting there, hello
Our conversation's brief, couldn't even make eye contact when we speak
This is an extremely lifelike description of visiting a family member in a hospital. Most hospitals at least try to make it seem like a welcoming home environment for visitors, but it doesn’t change the fact that you need a visitor’s pass to get in to the family member’s room, and that your poor relative is wearing a bracelet with their name and the hospital’s name on it. Some hospitals even require a parking pass to show that you paid the fee. In the end, it’s still a hospital.
By his description, the nurse that Tyler had direct him to his grandma’s room was probably not a nice woman/man who made him feel comfortable. She was completely detached to the emotions of the situation. His grandma did not look well, as she was just sitting on the hospital bed with the curtain drawn unable to maintain a conversation. Tyler really felt too awkward and nervous to make eye contact with his poor grandmother as she suffered. It is amazing that Tyler can express one of the most sad situations so plainly without revealing his own sadness. This probably was a release for him.
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