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Jul 10, 2019 13:00:08

The nod.

by @brianball PATRON | 250 words | 81🔥 | 300💌

Brian Ball

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I didn't die — the days' not over.

My nephew had surgery recently and he's at my mom, his grandma's house recovering. She's a quilter, a retired school-teacher, and a little OCD. She keeps her house clean, stocked with food, and comfortable. It's like visiting a resort every time we go there. There are even extra toothbrushes if you forget your own. It should be the best place to recover from surgery.

Alas, infection doesn't care. Germs don't care if you're doing your best, they are trying to survive too. You can't fault them for that, but you can try to blast the shit out of them before they kill you. But, they're tenacious. Really. Tenacious.

He got an infection, got really sick and is back in the hospital. We're worried about him, but all we can do is what we can do. That's true at all times for all of us.

I asked my son if we should get him a new roommate if his cousin dies. I'm not a feeler, so maybe I joke a little too much about stuff like this as a stress response. He responded, "probably not". He understands me.

Before I left to the Apple store, I said, "I don't have a will, so if I die, you can have all my stuff, especially all my underwear that might fit you at some point." He nodded. He really understands me.

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    @brianball

    "I asked my son if we should get him a new roommate if his cousin dies. I'm not a feeler, so maybe I joke a little too much about stuff like this as a stress response. He responded, "probably not". He understands me."

    Wow. That's such a joke that I'd make and I could see also someone close to me understanding it... but it's a joke that I think the average person would be horribly offended by.

    Also yes. I love how nature doesn't give a shit about our efforts. We are just one player in this thing called nature, and there are other players as well and they don't know what a participation trophy is.

    Sir Abe avatar Sir Abe | Jul 11, 2019 14:09:50
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      @abrahamKim -- a participation trophy! 😭 -- I tend to resonate best with people who believe reality wins -- but only every time.

      Brian Ball avatar Brian Ball | Jul 11, 2019 06:00:20
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    I love that, @brianball <3

    well... I mean it is awful and heartbreaking, I hope he gets well! Soon! This kind of infections are horrible...

    "if we should get him a new roommate"... so called "too soon" jokes :-))) I excel in them as well, most often only I LIL (laugh inside loud, @philh and @gabrielgreco forged this term
    https://200wordsaday.com/words/bitless-217255d1dc4cd37c8a

    Lucjah avatar Lucjah | Jul 10, 2019 23:37:19
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      @lucjah - LIL -- I do that too. Update -- nephew is recovering well and is out of the woods.

      Brian Ball avatar Brian Ball | Jul 10, 2019 15:37:15
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      @brianball @lucjah I'm glad to hear the nephew is doing better, but this was all just a big tease leading up to a visit to the Apple store without the payoff...

      Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Jul 10, 2019 18:09:08
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