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Inanimate Prompt Lee Todd Lacks

For Each Exchange

By Lee Todd Lacks

The screen displays the time remaining on my
dwell, when the dialysate sits inside my peritoneum
and works its osmotic filtration magic.
The fill goes like clockwork. 10-15 minutes on average.
Then comes the dwell. Nothing happens then.
Then comes the drain.
The drains tend to be a lot of drama.
How long will it take to get 1900 millilitres out of me?
Will the alarm go off if it takes too long?
Will I feel the catheter tugging at my insides towards the end?
I always breathe a sigh of relief when I'm finally finished draining
because then, I get to sleep for at least an hour and a half!
Until the next exchange.

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