Another installment of “The Invisible Ones” of Washington, DC
I met Lloyd by accident while I was doing a photo shoot for a real estate client. He was sitting on the sidewalk across the street from my location and when I crossed the street to get a wide shot, he called out to me, asking for some help in getting some food and water. Lloyd’s appearance was remarkable in that he was dressed in clean hospital scrubs and presented as friendly and conversational. I told him that I’d get back to him when I was done with my work. He laughed uproariously, saying, he most certainly wasn’t going anywhere as he showed me a large bandage on his lower leg. When I returned to Lloyd with a bottle of water and a few granola bars, he hadn’t moved but did not remember me from 30 minutes earlier. As it turns out Lloyd probably has some memory deficits along with other problems. He says he came to DC from Agusta, Georgia to work at City Hall but was not able to start the job because he got hospitalized for an infection in his leg. He wasn’t very clear about what caused the infection or where he was before that happened. He still had his wristband from a hospital in DC, so that much was true. What is also true is how the health care system and the city fail people like Lloyd. Lloyd is a friendly and affable man who readily agreed to this photograph in exchange for food and water. If you see Lloyd or someone like him, ask if they need ay help and then do what you can. At the very least spend a few minutes having a conversation. I guarantee that the both of you will be better off for having had that experience.