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6. When the nurse left, she did not close the curtain behind her. I watched people walk by. Some were wheeled by. I tried not to move my arm. One woman was pacing outside in the hallway. Every time she passed my bed she looked at me. I wished sheíd stop. I didnít want her looking at me. I watched her pace back and forth for a long time. After an hour, the doctor came back in. She said that the tests had come back and she began telling me about the pancreas. I was only half listening. I thought she was going to tell me that I had diabetes. She didnít. I had pancreatitis, a swollen, inflamed pancreas. She said the pain should go away in a couple of days. Until then, she prescribed some strong pain killers and told me to watch what I ate for a while. The nurse came in to take out the IV and said I could go home.

7. That night I woke up at three in the morning. My stomach was hurting again. The medicine had worn off by then. I took a pill. After a half hour, it still hurt so I took another like the doctor told me to. Soon the pain went away. My arms began to feel heavier. My fingers were numb. I tried to roll over in bed and my legs crashed down on the other side when I had only meant to roll over gently. I fell asleep.

8. The next morning, when I woke up, my stomach hurt much less. When I was brushing my teeth, I realized that my upper wisdom teeth had broken through my gums. They didnít hurt at all.

More of Josh Ring Does Stuff:

Josh Goes to Services December, 2003

Josh's Jewish Reminders November, 2003

Josh's Dinner in the Cafeteria October, 2003

Josh Calls His Roommate September, 2003

Josh Tells a Bedtime Story August, 2003

Josh Graduates High School July, 2003

Josh Gets Contacts June, 2003

Josh Gets his Checkup May, 2003

Josh Plays the Sitar April, 2003

Josh Visits the Holocaust Museum February, 2003

The Subway January, 2003

Josh Gets His Book December, 2002

Josh Ring Gets a Ride November, 2002

A Cold Front Was Supposed to be Moving In October, 2002

Josh Goes to the Zoo September, 2002

Dogs August, 2002

Mermaids on Parade July, 2002

Josh Ring Supports Israel June, 2002

Josh Ring's Track Meet May, 2002

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Two Rituals
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