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Today, I Waited
I will sleep alone tonight.
It was dark when we left this morning and traffic was heavy.
We waited. Waiting rooms. People. Doctors. Nurses.
I waited. Alone. Then said goodbye and see you later.
Go upstairs, it'll be quieter there, Dr. B said. I did. It was.
I waited. Alone.
Bit my tongue when the old man said "My headache's not because of my sugar."
Texted. Facebooked. Should have brought my phone charger.
11 a.m. Dr. B smiled at me. I waited some more. Then paid $13 for lunch.
I updated family and friends.
When I saw him he was awake. And beautiful.
I crafted. I fetched. I helped out of bed. I walked. I kissed. I hugged. I loved.
I waited. I stayed.
I said "Whoa that's kinda high" when the nurse checked his sugar.
I felt better when she said "That's nothing compared to others."
I wished I could have stayed all night.
Tonight I will sleep alone. And tomorrow. Then he's home. My rock.
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