Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Temptation to Panic

Dear friend called from hospital.
Rapidly worsening abcess in hand.
Surgery, IV antibiotics, scared.
I respond tenderly, matter of fact.
Of coourse I'll put a sign on his
office door, reassure his clients.
Does he need a visit, a book?
Inner voices screams He can't die.
His wife, his kids, his mother
need him. His clients need him.
I can't handle losing him yet.
He can't die.
Of course he can.

5 comments:

  1. This is scary, Victoria. Those infections can be dreadful to get rid of. Some are resistant to all but the strongest antibiotics. I hope they will turn this infection around. There is enough sadness with death and serious illness abounding in your world.

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  2. Seems like you kept a lid on the panic...

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  3. This is so powerful, so real, so true. I hope your friend is OK now. You went through the emotions well, I felt the building of fear.

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  4. Thanks for the kind comments. He is out of hte hospital but the infection is far from gone - still scary.

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