From the August 2007 magazine.

A Christmas Carol

From hallucinations to hope

If i close my eyes, I can still feel the sting of cold sleet hitting my face as I walked out of the emergency room that morning. I can still feel the bitter taste in my mouth, and the waves of nausea that rolled through my stomach.

I told the emergency room doctor that I had a terrible stomach virus and had been throwing up for two days. Some stomach virus--it came in bottles of cheap red wine. Two bags of IV fluid, a shot for the nausea, and I was out of there.

I walked toward the cab that one of the emergency room staff had been nice enough to call for me. I had no one to...

-- Kim M.

Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina