A View from the Other Side

Da Vinci profile of an old manI’d been watching him slowly die. He was declining by degrees, in and out of the hospital, slipping away, growing weaker. Nearly a week ago he’d fallen and hit his head really badly, and his harpy of a wife who figures she’s smarter than everyone else, who figures she knows better than the doctors themselves, didn’t get around to taking him to the doctor until hours later, or even the next day, depending on who you ask. From there, the borderline kidney function that he’d been losing ground on failed quickly. His heart, which was already weak from a lifetime of smoking and which had been given a pacemaker on the orders of his wife, simply couldn’t function any longer. His muscles were so deteriorated that he could no longer swallow.

On Tuesday, I helped his regular guardian nudge his mind over into partial consciousness, so that he would at…

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Author: Herman Clive Quotes.

Am Ugandan, Writer, Information Junkie, love Activism for Human rights and Freedom.

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