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Writing 101: Clouds on the Horizon

This post was written in response to Writing 101: Dark Clouds on the (Virtual) Horizon.

Trigger Warning: This deals with several issues including eating, illness and allusion to death. If you are triggered by any of these please do yourself a favour and don’t read this post.

“Don’t worry. I only ate, like, half a granola bar.” The slight girl shrugged her shoulders. “It’ll be fine.”

An older lady, hair pulled back in a strict bun, shook her head. “You weren’t suppose to eat anything.”

“The whole bar only had 80 calories. I only ate half so that’s not much.” The girl looked into her bag, moving a few items until she pulled out what was left of a granola bar. “See. That’s like, I don’t know. But it’s not enough to worry about.”

“You were told not to eat anything.”

“Please mother. My weight’s probably less than it was last week. I don’t think it matters if I ate half a granola bar.”

“It could still make you sick. This is a new medication and you don’t know how you’ll react.”

“That’s why I’ve got the other pills. They’re suppose to keep me from throwing up.”

“Emily?” A young man in bright blue scrubs walked over to the pair. “I’m Jeff. I’m one of the nurses here in the day center. Is this your first time here?”

Emily clutched her mother’s hand but nodded at Jeff.

“Let me show the two of you to the day room.”

Jeff lead them down the sterile corridor to a large room where hospital beds and medical chairs lined the walls. A few people sat, their arms attached to bags of clear liquid.

“I’ll let you sit down here in seat 3. Do you have a pick or will we be going through IV?”

Emily shrugged off her jacket revealing a tube sticking out of her right upper arm. “I have a pick.”

“And have you taken your Ondansetron?”

Emily nodded.

“Then this should be simple. Just relax while I get your chemo.”

 

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Just a brief note to explain some of this scene. The conversation was overheard one day while I was waiting for my SO’s Vidaza (chemo) to finish. The Ondansetron was the drug prescribed to my SO to keep him from throwing up after the treatment. In fact, I used his empty bottle of Ondansetron to get the spelling. 🙂 And yes, my SO had a pick in his right upper arm to help him get his chemo and blood transfusions.

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The AP Roberts is an extremely rare creature and there is only one known AP Roberts in the world. Usually off in its own little world, the AP returns to reality when it gets lonely. This elusive creature is rather difficult to catch on film, however will pose for drawings. The AP, though wild by nature, can be tamed and makes a wonderful pet. It should also be known that while the AP gets along with most creatures it has an intense fear of insects and large canines. The AP lives on a diet of mainly vegetables and candy but is not known to refuse food that is made and offered through kindness. The drink of choice for the AP is tea though it is known to drink water and juice. There is still much to be learned of the AP however, most agree that the writings of the AP are truly something to behold. Hopefully, one day the AP will find a good Agent creature who will introduce the AP's writings to a good publisher creature and the world will be able to read the AP's works.

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