“Me?” the man said in a lethargic but somehow alert voice. “Me? I’m just basically waiting to die.” The man looked amazingly familiar. As if I had known him all of my life. His eyes were brown and soulful. His skin was almost green. His muscles in his neck were wildly knotted.
“Why?” I asked. “You don’t look that bad.” Actually, he did look bad, as if he were truly just waiting to die.p>”Glandular carcinoma,” he answered. “The cancer is just eating my organs.” br> He had a drawing of a liver on his bulletin board next to his bed. Otherwise, on his bedside table, there were no pictures, nothing personal, just medicines and bottles of water. /p>
“I am terribly sorry,” I said. “Are you in horrible pain?”
“No,” he said. “I’m on methadone. I don’t feel bad. But where does the pain go? Sometimes at night if I wake up, I feel as if I’m just going to explode. The pain comes up from my liver and then it never reaches my brain so where does it go? I feel a lot of the time as if I’m going to pop.”
“I don’t know,” I said. “I am sorry. I don’t think you’re going to pop, though. What were you in the Marines?”p>***** br> To read the rest of this article, which appears in the March issue of The American Spectator, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and it will be sent to you in full. /p>
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