Louis Esterhuizen. Om ‘n hartaanval poëties te oorleef

 

Nou ja, kyk. Die heldeverering wat glanspersoonlike in bepaalde geledere van die Amerikaanse samelewing geniet, is welbekend. Maar wanneer een van dié persoonlikhede ‘n onverwagse hartaanval oorleef, en dan boonop ‘n gedig daaroor skryf, trek dit aandag.

So beland ek via ‘n berig op The Los Angeles Times op Rosie O’Donnell se weblog waar sy presies dít doen. Volgens LA Times se beriggewer het die hulpvaardige O’Donnell enkele weke gelede ‘n gewigtige dame gehelp om uit haar motor te klim, met bykans tragiese gevolge vir haar: “What began as an act of kindness ended in the insertion of a stent, after doctors discovered a 99% blocked artery in O’Donnell’s heart. An ‘enormous’ woman Rosie spotted in a Nyack, N.Y., parking lot had asked for help getting out of her car last Tuesday. O’Donnell obliged, writing in her free-form blog style, ‘it was not easy but together we did it she was up and on her way with gratitude’.”

Kort hierna het sy die tipiese simptome vir ‘n hartaanval ontwikkel, maar eers die volgende dag – na sy die simptome vir ‘n hartaanval gegoegeloer het! – na ‘n kardioloog gegaan wat na bepaalde toetse ‘n hartaanval gediagnoseer het.

En toe skryf Rosie O’Donnel haar gedig.

En (ten tye van hierdie skrywe) volg daar nie minder nie as 536 kommentare op dié poging van haar; nie almal vriendelik nie, bygesê. Ene NRA for LIFE het byvoorbeeld die volgende bydrae gelewer: “Too bad you didnt die you fat tub of shit. Hypocrite bitch. Anti gun but surround yourself with armed guards. Typical lezbo sow. It would be no loss to society to lose your fat greasy ass.”

Sug. Soos iemand vantevore al gesê het: Teen die sotheid van die mens staan selfs die gode magteloos.

Rosie se gedig volg hieronder. Of ons die slapies moet aftel na haar debuut as digter? Daarvan is ek helaas nie seker nie.

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my heart attack

August 20, 2012

its a semi-sunny monday

the light bouncing off the flat hudson

mish is sitting next to me

i am happy to be alive

 

last week i had a heart attack

 

here is what happened

on tuesday morning

while walking in a parking lot in nyack

i heard a loud commanding voice

 

“can u help me”

 

more of  a demand than request

a challenge – a plea

i turned and saw an enormous woman

struggling to get out of her car

 

she was stuck

 

“can u help me? she asked again

as i walked toward her

“oh u r rosie odonnell”

yes i am

 

the ghost of christmas future

me – if i did not wake

there r no accidents i thought

as i braced myself and lifted her

 

it was not easy

but together we did it

she was up and on her way

with gratitude

 

a few hours later my body hurt

 i had an ache in my chest

both my arms were sore

everything felt bruised

 

muscular – i thought

strained or pulled tissue

i went about my day

the pain persisted

 

i became nauseous

my skin was clammy

i was very very hot

i threw up

 

maybe this is a heart attack

i googled womens heart attack symptoms

i had many of them

but really? – i thought – naaaa

 

i took some bayer aspirin

thank god

saved by a tv commercial

literally

 

i did not call 911

50% of women having heart attacks never call 911

200,000 women die of heart attacks

every year in the US

 

by some miracle i was not one of them

the next day i went to a cardiologist

the dr did an EKG and sent me to the hospital

where a stent was put in

 

my LAD was 99% blocked

they call this type of heart attack

the Widow maker 

i am lucky to be here

 

know the symptoms ladies

listen to the voice inside

the one we all so easily ignore

CALL 911

 

save urself

xxx

 

© Rosie O’Donnell

 

 

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