February 27, 2021:

Familiar struggle, echoing across decades.

Today: stay awake through meetings, while the oxycodone very much wants you asleep.

Then: stay awake through droning middle school while fever very much wants you ditto.

Identical, the moment-by-moment and heartbeat-by-heartbeat to keep the eyes open just that one tiny interval of time, now until the next, where at least today the subject of conversation is interesting.