A difficult period of weaning Leo off his sedatives sets in.
Leo has the shakes, is out of touch, he sometimes foams at the mouth,
sweats, and cannot control his eye movements.
He is going through withdrawal.
Like a drug addict.
He has two blood transfusions.

Someone says the word „epilepsy”.
The parents endure this nightmare while waiting
to answer the definitive question:
-- will Leo be able to breathe on his own while awake,
or will he be totally dependent on a ventilator,
24 hours a day,
seven days a week,
365 days a year,
01_hueckel_04 Magda Hueckel, Resigned self-portrait X, 2006-2008