Mullberry Whine

poured out before bed

The Spit Dreams Are Made Of

…adapted from Gray’s Anatomy of the Human BodyHenry Gray, 1918…

She coughs, gags on thick secretions in a mouth raw from radiation-induced mucositis, sighs gutturally as she opens the water bottle she must tote everywhere to moisten her malignant, wounded mouth.

“On a scale of 1 to 100, 100 being your normal, pretreatment saliva production, what number are you at today?” the resident asks.

Mrs. Jones shakes her head, takes another sip of water before she answers.

“Maybe 20…  Oh, it’s wicked, this is just wicked.”  Her lips stick stubbornly to filmy teeth.

She holds her hands out, palms up, searching our faces.

“What is that called when you open your mouth and your spit just flies out?  You know, when you see good food and it just shoots out of your head?”

The resident and I exchange looks.

“You mean a ‘gleek’?”

“Yes, that’s it!!” Mrs. Jones arms fall in her lap and she sits back in her chair, staring dreamily in the general direction of the oto/opthalmoscopes.

“Oh, what I wouldn’t give for a good ‘gleek’…”

Keep it clean, keep it respectful, or keep away.

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The views expressed on "Mullberry Whine" are NOT intended to diagnose or treat disease.
The med-ed related stories described here are based on real events. Details have been changed in accordance with HIPAA de-identification guidelines to protect confidentiality.
Mullberry Whine can be enjoyed daily; there is no unsafe quantity. Real wine, though, should be enjoyed in moderation. At-Risk Drinking for males under 65 is defined as >14 alcoholic beverages per week or >4/day, with >7 drinks a week or >3/day being the cut-off for females under 65 and for anyone, male or female, who has graced this planet for 65 years for more. Drink Mullberry Whine like there are no consequences. But drink alcohol responsibly. Your friends, your family, your health-care provider, and your liver - heck, ALL of the organs in your body - will thank you.
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