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16-01-2024 | Healing Arts

The Third Light

Author: Laya Jalilian-Khave, MD

Published in: Journal of General Internal Medicine | Issue 6/2024

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I always volunteer to do stitches. I tie a knot at the line where skin meets skin, and the stormy ocean in me instantly tranquilizes. I go back in time, to when things hadn’t torn apart. I clean the mess and watch the bleeding stop, taking the edge of the skin and pulling it from one side to the other; the edges meet. If you leave a gap, it scars. If you pull too hard, it scars. There is a liminal space you keep and preserve. This is what I can fix. I compose myself in the quiet room, under bright lights, and in the story behind the wound. I ask about the fight that caused it, the driving haste, and the distracting thought when missing a step. Once, I stitched a girl’s wrist. She told me she didn’t cut deep because she didn’t want to die. …
The Third Light
Laya Jalilian-Khave, MD
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Springer International Publishing
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Journal of General Internal Medicine / Issue 6/2024
Print ISSN: 0884-8734
Electronic ISSN: 1525-1497

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