the examined family is a reader-supported publication. To receive new posts and support my work, consider becoming a free or paid subscriber. There have been a lot of broken bodies around me lately. Covid, of course; everyone and their baby and their sponsor and their neighbor has covid. Also injuries. My husband fell while running and tore his shoulder in three places and busted open his knee down to the cap. I was wowed by the incredibly comforting, comprehensively tattooed nurse as she tried to suck all the gravel out of his many layers of skin and tissue. I also have multiple friends with cancer right now; as I read their CaringBridge updates and chat with them on the phone their bravery and eloquence elicits equal parts admiration and anger in me. They are so stunning in their humanity in this hard time! I don’t want them to have to be so stunning! Enough with the hard times!
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