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Talking Dictionary851. Schizophrenia: A Life Too Long


851. EllyMay answered the phone. It was her brother Pete; he'd had schizophrenia for the last 40 years. She asked, "How are you doing?" He said, "Same as ever. Can't be dead soon enough. I wake up, I make my coffee, I smoke my cigarettes, I drink my beer. At six, I take my sleeping pill and my useless meds." EllyMay knew how terrible Pete's life was. She said, "I know. Nothing helps. Your life sucks every day." He said, "Tomorrow I see my doctor. He probably wants to see if my aneurysm's gotten any bigger. Last time it was 4.4 centimeters. He'll probably want me to get another CAT scan. I won't! Let it grow! The sooner it goes, I go." She said, "Well, I just hope it's painless." Pete said, "Me too. Just remember, don't let me go without my lighter, a box of Marlboros, and a Bud longneck." 3.0


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