For this week, the prompt is the word “core” and 450 words to explore any meaning of the word in a work of creative non-fiction/memoir or fiction.
She stands under the steaming water, her thoughts integrating this latest bit of medical information with all that has come before.
Fifteen years ago, she stood by him through the cancer treatments. The chemo-induced puking. The hair loss. Finally the surgery that removed enough bowel to ensure a lifetime colostomy.
Ten years ago, she fretted by his side as he apologized for the heart attack. Two years later, she cried as they fought to keep him alive through the second.
She helped him track the cocktails of medication that finally triggered his genetic predilection for diabetes.
The diabetes that has finally taken a toll on his kidneys. That has introduced words like "dialysis" and "high potassium levels".
She begins to accept his mortality. Accepts that sooner than she imagined, she will be alone. That there will be stresses. Mental, physical, and even financial.
But the heart of her weeps already, dreading the loss of her partner. Her lover.