The Corral, 1999 Page: 29
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Sitting in the Waiting Room of the
Pediatrician's Office With My Seven-
"Drink eight glasses of water a day,"
the doctor said.
That much water flushes
the salt out, loosens the muscles,
helps you lose weight.
That's why most people drink it.
I have to take two salt tablets
three times a day to maintain
consciousness. I've done that before,
pass out I mean. It used to happen
more than it does now.
I have to work at muscle control.
The easy things for most people:
like eyelids and fingers. These
are the triumphs my nerves,
my muscles achieve. Thinking
is not enough anymore.
All my life, I wanted
to be normal. No blackouts,
no lost hours, no fainting.
How many thirteen year olds
understand what Myasthenia Gravis is?
What Sodium Neuro-Discernia affects?
Now I face the strain
of a new day, and wonder
if my daughter will suffer
my daily ailments.
How do you explain to a child
that she must wear knee braces
to play basketball? Take a salt tablet
to run track?
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