* "How is he/"
"Since July it has been a rollercoaster."
'Nough said. I do not venture into the gritty parts.
* In the early hours I peek at the clock, count on my fingers the hours until I have to get up. Until the early morning light pushes its way into my room through the slates of the blinds. What relief that I have 5 fingers of hours.
* Warm salty water sloshed against sore gums.