The Spaces Between Your Fingers

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I interviewed my mother, Annie on our back porch on a super sunny day. She reminisced on her childhood surgery she had a while back.

Annie was in the third grade and came to school with a stomach ache, again. This was the third day in a row and she kept complaining at home so finally her mother decided to take her to the doctor. They went to the doctors the next day and she said that the pain had gone down a lot. The doctor sent her home. But, when Annie was home she became very sick, and after much concern her mother took her to the doctors again. After looking at all of her symptoms the doctors realized that Annie’s appendix had ruptured. They immediately took her into the emergency wing and decided they were going to need to perform a surgery to clean out her gut and she would have to stay ten days to drain the infection that ruptured in her body. Annie was the type of girl to see the silver lining in the situation. She loved the one on one time with her mother that she rarely got due to having 6 other siblings. She also loved the attention of people being worried about her because it made her feel special and loved. Annie received night gowns from her mom to make her feel better and her neighbor dropped off a whole ten dollar bill. Little did Annie know, this surgery would change her life forever. Later in life Annie would be faced with fertility issues because the infection settled into her reproductive system. 

Not Just A Stomach Ache

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