By Shelby Smoak
"'Bleeder' is the awfully compelling story of writer Shelby Smoak. A hemophiliac, Smoak chanced on he have been contaminated with HIV in the course of a blood transfusion in the beginning of his university occupation. This devastating and destabilizing information led Smoak to work out his global from a wholly new viewpoint, one during which life-threatening sickness used to be eternally simply round the corner."--From writer description.
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We even have some that meet on Saturdays. I can’t make you come, but I do think it would help. You have a right to be upset, and this could be a forum for working through that. You shouldn’t go this alone. ” After the social worker leaves, I stretch out on the table and roll onto my side and gaze out the window to the parking lot below. From here, the cars remind me of the Matchbox toys I once played with. Then there was such simple joy in pushing a metal car across a linoleum floor or atop a bedspread or through a carpet of shag—just going from one side to another without a concern of why or what for.
I’ve been smoking a shitload of these,” Sean says, gesturing to his cigarette. “I don’t know what else to do, so I just smoke and smoke a fuckload while crazy shit runs through my mind. A of all, I think about you and your having to deal with this shit and how fucked up that is, and then B of all I think about me, and, well, I’ll be honest . . ” “It’s safe. I’m safe. ” “Well, I know that. At least on a logical level, but, man . ” He exhales. “Still, it’s making me fucking crazy. I mean, what if you were to cut yourself and bleed all over the place or something like that.
Afterwards, Ana and I sprawled in the lavender twilight, whispered endearing words of foreverness, and snugged our naked bodies against each other. I knew nothing of love, and yet I said I did as I held her tightly. We kissed more. We played our hands together, and we began again. And I had no idea then of our danger. These thoughts return to me as I again read the Christmas card Ana has mailed. It says she thinks about me often, and naturally, I think of her, feeling an inordinate responsibility to her.
Bleeder : a memoir by Shelby Smoak