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February 1. Saturday.

Pain 9
Mobility 1

It is amazing how pain can reduce the size of the world to fit you as snugly as a cheap suit. To the exclusion of everything and everybody, even the powerful and addictive narcotics can’t divert my attention from my own tiny little world of hurt.

The pain is now absent from my back, but has progressed from the exterior quadriceps to the medial area, and is moving down towards the teardrop above my knee. I cannot stand without pain, there is no delay, no respite, just mind-numbing acid-fire flowing through the wasting muscles of my thigh.