Among my guilty pleasures (and I have several) is Law and Order: Special Victims Unit. I’ve been watching since the days when the “young people” only associated Ice-T with rapping.
Samuel Alexander is a 35 year-old man with active drug use that led to end-stage kidney disease. Recently he added endocarditis, an infection of a heart valve, to the list of things wrong with him. It’s hard to remember he is only 35 because when he talks, his lips pout and his jowls sag like an old man because he has no teeth.
“OK, I’ll see you next week,” I say to Mr. V smiling genuinely and push my cart stacked with medical charts to the next dialysis recliner. I see Ms. H and my smile dissolves as I concentrate on not rolling my eyes. My entire being is transforming like some sort of Jekyll and Hyde for all to see.