My friend Andy: The Whirlpool…
Cancer, homecare, medicines, hospice, chemo, wheelchair, bone cancer, lung cancer, cough syrup, Oxycontin, Oxycodone, Remeron, Sinemet, Morphine, adult diapers, sponge baths, bowel movements, stool softeners, rehab, oncologist, nurse, radiation, constipation, oxygen, Stage Four, terminal, incurable, cremation.
For seven months I have swam in a whirlpool of ugly words.
Yesterday, again, I went down to see my mom at her apartment. One homecare worker was leaving, another arriving. I came in with four bags of groceries and went back to the bedroom.
She was in bed.
The TV was on. I think it was “The View”.
I sat down on the carpet in front of her bed, the only way she can see me, straight ahead.
Bertha came in with matzo ball soup. I ate two bowls. She fed my mom a few bites.
In the afternoon, I took my mom for a “walk” in her wheelchair.
I picked her up…
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