BUYING TIME

AT DEATH'S DOOR, AIDS DOCTOR ADAM MYERS BATTLES TO POSTPONE THE INEVITABLE.WHERE THERE'S HOPE IN THE FIGHT AGAINST AIDS, DR. ADAM MYERS MEASURES VICTORY ONE DAY AT A TIME.

Myers's first patient is Sam, a man in his twenties with a Texas accent who hobbles into the examination room using a walker. He's accompanied by his companion, Stephen, a short, tan individual with thick, dark, curly hair.

Sam's face is so swollen from edema--fluid buildup around the tumors--that he can see only by prying his eyelids apart with his fingers. His skin looks as taut as a water balloon and his nose and the side of his face are covered with purple splotches. His hair is thin and patchy from the chemotherapy.

His disfigurement is a marked contrast to his lover's looks. Stephen is fit and healthy. He could walk away from these sad final days, but it's evident from the way he looks at Sam, from the small touches as he stands by, that he's not going anywhere. Not while there is still time.

"How are you, Sam?" Myers asks.
"Well, I'm here," says Sam, dabbing with a handkerchief at the drainage that leaks from his eyes.

Myers spots a rectangular bulge in the front pocket of Sam's jeans. "And what's this?" he asks, patting the rectangle.

"Cigarettes."
"Well, couldn't you have at least put them in a back pocket so I wouldn't see them?" Myers teases.

"I can't reach them in my back pocket," Sam says and matter-of-factly demonstrates the difficulty he has turning.

end of part 1

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