“How ‘The Sick’ Treat Ill”*


(December 30, 2018)

my first week-long cold

athletic nose, noisome hack

day after ‘flu’ shot

*(Just one day after I got an influenza vaccination I came down with my first cold in I-Don’t-Know-How-Long. No fever. No chills. No flu signposts: just a demon-awful cold. A week of praising mom for making me all those red paisley bandanna handkerchiefs lo those many decades past: still a passel left – and each got a workout. Then I discovered the stash of modern meds…only halfway won the battle. A week later still a sniffle, still a linger of cough but the bandanas are ready to go on strike…and so am I.)

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