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Bar Harbor, Part Two

By William Laferriere

We talk with a Dear Friend

(Alone, & hoping that a recent setback is tick related - imagine wishing for that)

She lives all alone,

in her own little home,

a short scenic stroll to the sea.

She’s concerned that a potential Necrosis*

or even a tick related Anaplasmosis**

may be a sign of things to come.




Unable to move without tremendous effort

Not religious, but existentially spiritual,

calling out from a floored fetal position -

for her Mom,

Evincing her Gaelic Ancestry

Mortally fearful that she’ll pass

and no one will come looking.

Her delirium continues,

Her cat survives by consuming her exhausted, cancer ridden body

Just then a vision, an epiphany,

a comprehensible voice

in a dream calls out

“Thy will be done”

Physical Recovery occurs within days

Thought conceptualization returns to focus on the improbable now

Alive, Scared and Still Alone


Note #1. Necrosis is a cell tissue generated during an injury. Ultimately it is a death tissue as formed and has no reverse action. With the impact of injury to the skin or bone, the amount of blood supply will reduce gradually. Due to the lack of blood supply, necrosis tissues were formed. The death of cells is caused by noxious stimuli.

The agents of noxious stimuli are -

  • bacteria

  • parasites

  • viruses

  • fungi

The formation of necrosis is due to various reasons. The major reasons are: oxygen deprivation or hypoxia, and extreme environmental conditions such as heat, radiation, or exposure to ultraviolet irradiation, etc.

Note #2. Anaplasmosis is a disease caused by the bacterium Anaplasma phagocytophilum. These bacteria are spread to people by tick bites primarily from the blacklegged tick (Ixodes scapularis) and the western blacklegged tick (Ixodes pacificus).

People with anaplasmosis will often have fever, headache, chills, and muscle aches. Doxycycline is the drug of choice for adults and children of all ages with anaplasmosis.


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