How the Heart Works

What my old dog taught me about love

Pamela Gwyn Kripke
Human Parts

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Had my ex-husband taken the full dose of the blood-thinning medication, he’d have woken up dead. But the phone rang, distracting him from the task. Instead, Bob woke up with black marble-size blisters lining the inside of his mouth and tongue. So much better.

The medication, Plavix, had been prescribed following the insertion of metal stents…

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Pamela Gwyn Kripke
Human Parts

Journalist, The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, Slate, Elle; Author, At the Seams (novel), And Then You Apply Ice (story collection), literary magazines