A moratorium

My brother has gone from a regular night schedule —Pretty much quiet from 10pm to 6am but with increasing trips to the bathroom and coughing spells —to a night time free for all.

I can excuse the coughing and piss breaks because those can’t be helped but I draw the line at putting away a full rack of clean dishes at 3am….when I have to work the next day!

I emailed my feelings to him early Friday morning from work using his style of direct and to the point-

Can we please agree to keep the noise down/to a minimum between the hours of 11pm-5am?

No response or acknowledgement-My empathy river has pretty much run dry.

He has said he feels he has a toothache coming on and was chuffed that he was able to snag some dental care at the VA. He is missing the part about the significant radiation therapy that he had on his throat, neck and jaw back in the spring. I’m guessing he may have osteoradionecrosis.

Perhaps the most severe side effect of radiation therapy is osteoradionecrosis (ORN), or bone death. This condition occurs in three to ten percent of patients. Osteoradionecrosis develops as irradiation diminishes the bone’s ability to withstand trauma and avoid infection, and it can be facilitated by poor nutrition and hygiene. This process may be spontaneous or result from trauma, leading to non-healing soft tissue and bone lesions, followed by bone necrosis. The non-healing bone may become secondarily infected.

The photos of this complication are not pretty so I’ll refrain from posting but feel free to google if you have a strong stomach.

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