Rose has been struggling with the task of breathing. Her oxygen saturation dropped this afternoon. Hannah and I were asked to leave the room while Rose was re-intubated.

We waited in one of the fluorescent-lit waiting rooms, and I tried to talk calmly with Hannah while my anxiety level rose.

Hannah kept me on an even keel with her matter-of-fact chatter. To pass the time we took photo portraits of each other and of her bear.