I was so feverish, I could feel both my carefully catalogued memories and my disjointed future goals slipping away from my skin and rising like a lilac haze across the dense summer sky. Anything I tried to grip in my hands slipped away from me. Anyone I tried to concentrate on began to move like broken waves in front of my heavy eyes. Moments that had already passed me by began to play on repeat before skidding to a sudden stop and then starting again, sometimes playing in reverse, sometimes just playing in shattered fragments.
I was ten years old and I had pneumonia – and I was away at sleepaway camp.