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Spoons: Living with chronic illness

"Spoons": an article on explaining what it's like to live with chronic illness.

I met a woman who'd had chronic pain for a while. She'd just kept going and going, and when it finally had been too bad to bear for some weeks, she went to a hospital emergency room. She was a nurse. She waited, and waited, and finally saw a young doctor who didn't listen to her, and told her there was nothing wrong with her.

She went back home and sat down with a knife and called 911. She just wanted the pain to stop. That's all she wanted. And that was the best way of stopping the pain she knew. She was a nurse, and knew how to do it right.

They came and got her to someone who listened, and they drugged her up for a good night's pain-free sleep, and got her something in the way of pain management and recovery. And she's alive today.
Gone away, gone ahead,
Echoes roll unanswered.
Empty, open, dusty, dead.
Why have all the Weyrfolk fled?

Where have dragons gone together
Leaving weyrs to wind and weather,
Setting herdbeasts free of tether;
Gone, our safeguards, gone, but whither?

Have they flown to some new weyr
Where cruel Threads some others fear?
Are they worlds away from here?
Why, oh why the empty weyr?

-- "The Question Song", Anne McCaffrey
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