New post on Daughter on Duty.

“She’s one of the lucky ones, my mother, which means so are my sisters and I. She is healthy. Her blood pressure is outrageously perfect, her lungs are clear, she is mobile, her heart is ticking on. And her bowel sounds are good—even though when she is constipated (which alternates daily with overly-loose bowels) she thinks she has stomach cancer because her mother had it, and ‘I know the symptoms, Gretchen.’ Okay, sure, and what is it you want to do about it in the middle of Friday night?” Read more.