1922 poem by TB patient Ralph Stubbs, performed during The Sun Palace live show by Zach Bailey and Delaney Hallauer, with music by Brent Wollman. Edited by Philip Blackburn.
Since I have had’m I have eaten 2500 eggs, in every shape, form, and manner, except raw;
Drunk 3700 glasses of milk, and consumed 600 loaves of bread fixed up as milk toast.
I have had my temperature taken over 2600 times, and broke three temp sticks. Have spilled three hot-water jugs on my feet, worn out ten rubber hot-water bottles and a dozen rubber rings.
Have slept on one side all the time, with a tender spot on the ear on that side, and another close by.
My pulse has been filed over 2600 times, two teeth have been pulled, and five gallons of salve have been rubbed on my ‘ploorisy.’
I have been under the X-ray ten times and under the stethoscope 50 times. I have had 30 accidents that require the nurse, her hypo, and the bag of ice for my chest. Number of ice-bags for my head—no record.
Consumed over 1200 cups made by Stone & Forsythe, Boston.
Used 200 pounds of paper napkins and 3500 No.4 Sacks.
Flirtations with nurses—too dangerous.
I have put on my clothes 4000 times. Taken them off—ditto.
Pronounced a Goner four times.
I have taken over 3000 baths and ten gallons of American Oil. Used 1500 quarts mouth wash, 10 quarts of Chlorotone Inhalent, and swallowed 3000 soda mints.
Fifteen men have sat on my chest, listened, and thumped. They have tweaked my ears, poked down into my throat, and lifted my nose.
I have whispered 1-2-3, and gone through the “in and out” stunts.
Have had tonsillitis and three good rounds of the Flu.
Have been broke and lost a home.
Am doing nothing but—
Figure it up, and see what I have been doing, and how long I have been at it.
Doing a come-back at 29.
I thank you.