Dying in Three Acts

Tony Robert Cochran

Act I

Hemoglobin is a protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen to your body’s organs and tissues and transports carbon dioxide from your tissues and organs back to your lungs. Inhale and exhale. Low hemoglobin levels mean low red blood counts, and this means anemia. Really low levels mean death. As my hemoglobin levels fell, my red blood cells thinning out into a few (metaphorical) droplets, I descended from a state of depressive anxiety into the realms of delirium; I entered the heart of madness at the aperture of death. And, then, crossing the Rubicon, I entered that opening without conscious comprehension, yet my intuition, which I have (especially now) learnt to trust more, whispered, then shouted: call the ambulance.

Some bloody background: I have had a problem with hemorrhoids for about ten years. At the end of July and beginning of August they began to bleed…

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