The Newtown Pentacle

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chugging along…

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- photo by Mitch Waxman

An unholy and untrammeled period of exertions, which have left your humble narrator a hollow eyed wreck in the last few days, are nearly complete. A short missive this morning, as I am off to the shores of “sub jersey”, or Staten Island as the rest of you might describe it, to meet with my aged mother’s physicians. The poor woman’s health collapsed several years ago, and on doctor’s orders, we moved her into a nursing home. Luckily, dementia has shielded her from the depersonalization and horror of institutionalization- her constructed reality is filled with deceased loved ones and the belief that she is going home “tomorrow”.

- photo by Mitch Waxman

Unfortunately for my Mom, and even worse for the facility she resides in, she has developed a bed sore of some severity which has forced me to turn my attentions to Staten Island. A pressure ulcer, which is to be expected in patients suffering from her portfolio of illness but is nevertheless representative of neglectful failure for her caregivers, developed to Stage 4 (which I won’t even link to wikipedia to explain, as it’s that hideous). An open wound the size of softball, it is on her back and advanced enough to have required surgical debridement last week. An investigation into “how this advanced so quickly”, and “when, who, what, and how often” was initiated at my insistence by the administration of the Nursing Home, the findings of which are the point of my trip to… “sub jersey” today.

Something wicked this way comes… if you see a filthy black raincoat tattering down Victory Blvd. today… beware the coming of the Ides. Know that a storm is arrived, venom will be spat, and the dragon loosed.

Delayed by obligation, the next installment of “Creek Week” is on the stove and simmering, expect it tomorrow…

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Written by Mitch Waxman

March 11, 2010 at 10:52 am

Posted in Pickman

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