We all have a story, and artist Kira O’Brien (Keer) draws hers to show others what the struggle with depression looks like. In this honest and forthcoming comic from her blog Vague Notions, Kira reminds us of the complex and fragile moments of navigating life through depression.
This is me this week.
"My girlfriend and I aborted a child a couple of weeks ago."
“I’m sorry for your loss.”
“We didn’t lose anything. It was a choice.”
“Were both of you equally on board with the decision?”
“She followed my lead, which made it tougher I guess. But I’ve got so much going on right now, and she just opened her own theater show. It’s just not the right time.”
“How’s the aftermath been?”
“You know, I always thought of abortion as a common thing. I’m a liberal guy. Pro-choice and everything. But I never imagined how bloody painful it was going to be.”
“Do you mind if I post your story?”
“With my picture? I’d prefer not.”
So we nurses all know what PVD legs look like. Brown, tight, flakey.
You already know that the blood get backed up because of poor veins, but why is it brown?
So the blood pools in the lower extremities and gets out of the vascular space. WBCs go to try and clean up the mess and phagocytize the RBCs and whatever else is not supposed to be there. But there is one thing that the WBCs cannot phagocytize. What is it?
Iron bitches! Thus creating the brown coloring.
In the last week, my manager gave me a $10 gift card to the mall and a water bottle full of candy for one incident of helping my co-worker.
If I knew not being an ass would get me a bottle of candy I would have started doing that earlier.
And that totally raised my morale. Especially that high-five I got at the end of our conversation.