Mortality Knocks

  • Pamela Walker Retired professor of special education from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Abstract

About 10 years ago, I began to have a strange reaction when engaged in the simplest of activities -- walking. I would feel a prickkling at my lips and itchiness would creep down my body. Then my face would grow hideously swollen. My doctor prescribed adrenalin injection pens but I never needed to use them. I did my best to ignore the situation, which appeared unsightly, yet benign, until it became life-threatening.

Author Biography

Pamela Walker, Retired professor of special education from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Pamela Walker has published in multiple genres, including a novel Twyla. Her short fiction has appeared in Hawai’I Review and Iowa Woman, among other publications. Her short fiction and nonfiction have been anthologized in Sleeping with One Eye Open, edited by Marilyn Kallet and Judith Ortiz Cofer, and Bearing Life, edited by Rochelle Ratner, among others. 

References

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Acheson, R. M. (1965). Epidemiology of acute rheumatic fever 1950-64. Journal of Chronic Disease, 18:8, 723-734. Doi 10.1016/0021-9681(65)90016-0

Published
2018-11-15