PRESSURE

 

WORDS & IMAGE: AHDREAM SMITH

Blood flowing, heart pumping, shallow breathing


Bills piling up: mortgage, car note, credit cards


Working 80 hour weeks just to get by

Veins constricting, chest tightening

Nothing but bad news on TV

No one is safe anymore

Wife yelling at the kids

Heart pounding

Head swimming

Blurred vision

Breathe

Brea...



High blood pressure, often referred to as "pressure" in my family.

Family member:

"I shouldn't have eaten them ribs. Now my head is swimming. My pressure must be up."

"Y'all kids better sit down now, y'all running up my pressure."

"Let me tell you, them people at that job will have your pressure high."

Known in the outside world as the "silent killer."