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In March, 2013, I met with my main faculty thesis/project reader at a coffee house in Newport, Kentucky. It was spring break, and the deadline for submitting my project and defending my thesis was a few weeks away. I’d been pounding out chapters and turning in revisions for several months, and my professor and I were reviewing a story … Continue reading

Tough Love

Tough Love

I requested Mom undergo a psychiatric evaluation, and a few hours after she had returned from her angiogram on Tuesday, Dr. Vincent Ziegler stopped by for a brief visit. For awhile, I’d been thinking she was battling some sort of mental disorder that prevented her from bathing more than once a week, restricted her diet … Continue reading

Squeaky Wheel

Squeaky Wheel

Tuesday morning, Mom was taken via ambulance to another hospital, where Dr. John Holmes would perform her angiogram. We waited with her in the small curtained area while she underwent pre-op tests. Mom was nervous, and her blood pressure was high, so I asked a nurse for an anti-anxiety medicine that would help our mother relax. While we … Continue reading

Squeaky Wheel

Squeaky Wheel

About an hour after Mom’s bath, the first of many physicians examined her in her hospital room. I stood up from my chair, extended my hand, and made the cursory introductions. I learned he was a cardiologist, and he looked as if he were about my mom’s age, which comforted me. He read over her chart, … Continue reading

Comfort Measures

Comfort Measures

Before I’d had the chance to drink my first cup of coffee, my sister pulled in the driveway, arriving in sync with the sunrise. Kelley had wanted to make the two-hour drive from Columbus after I called her about Mom’s stroke diagnosis eight hours before, but her husband had convinced her that heavy emotions and … Continue reading

Now What?

Now What?

Journal Entry: October 13, 2002 (Sunday) Okay, technically it’s Monday morning, 1:30 to be exact, and I’ve just left Mom at St. Mary’s hospital. She’s had a stroke. A freaking stroke. Oh, they use fancy words, words that don’t resonate with me, like “cerebral hemorrhage.” As far as the heart attack goes, the doctors don’t … Continue reading