Takotsubo – the shape of a broken heart

Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy    I’m reviewing a left ventriculography    from a man with chest pain, MI ruled out,    his wife dead for a post-crash hour.    The scan shows his cardiac apex    bulging with each beat, shaped    like a takotsubo, an octopus trap    a Japanese cardiologist recalled    from his childhood... Continue Reading →



“Mum, mum, he hurt me, he hurt me!” Sophie runs across the room, hurling herself onto my lap. She curls tight and places her head on my chest, waiting for my soothing words. Peace is shattered. I sigh. The decibels had gone up, steadily and I knew it was a matter of time before Sophie... Continue Reading →

RonovanWrites Weekly Haiku Prompt Challenge #48 - this week's prompt words are 'inspire' and 'loss'.  Reluctant to use the word 'inspire', out came the thesaurus. Lo and behold 🙂 inspire => impel => give rise to => cause => prompt.   None prompts sense of loss Like the beautiful and rich   Yearning abundance. -... Continue Reading →

Response to loss

Grief is an overwhelming emotional response to loss, which can be expressed as anger, sorrow, anguish, despondency, mortification… to name a few. At times, it is recognizable. Yet there are many instances when ‘it’ does not resemble anything we have been led to understand – the gaiety, the risk-taking, the impassivity perhaps. Recognizable or not,... Continue Reading →

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