Disease 7

Standard

the email at 3pm on Friday said diabetes

check her blood glucose frequently, it advised

phone the on-call endocronologist if she measures or exceeds 300

 

Frankenstorm Sandy roaring towards us

the printed words pelted like bowling ball sized hail

 

the She is seventeen

my sweet, ever embattled, enchanting daughter

who has the intellectual capacity of a five-year-old

who has already survived kidney failure and two kidney transplants

cancer

heart failure

 

she’s not been diabetic before

but her uncle was, since he was 12

he died, hard and painfully, not long ago

as we stood, gutted, close by him in his and his wife’s forest green carpeted bedroom

 

the email was brief

it lacked essential details

like how we all manage to save ourselves

again

 

November 2012
Julie Ayers

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