I’ve spent the last four weeks watching my mom suffer. She’s been laying in a hospital bed since mid-March. A sudden and unexpected intestinal perforation has shut down her entire digestive system. She is unable to eat or drink. A nasogastric tube is the only thing preventing her from aspirating.

No one could have predicted this would happen. The doctors aren’t even sure what perforated her intestines. As I watch her writhe in pain I feel entirely helpless. I hope that the doctors will fix her ailments, but I am also incredibly fearful.

I think a lot about money, but this is a stark reminder that money cannot fix everything.