A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra:
“Has Ula shown any signs of improvement?” her mother asked.
“No. She hasn’t left the bed for over eight months now.”
“Are you any closer to a diagnosis?”
Again, Akhmed shook his head. “Her vitals are fine. Whatever she has exceeds my ability to detect, let alone treat. I make sure she rolls over every couple hours to prevent bedsores. What else can I do?”
“You don’t think there is anything wrong with her, do you?” The question was a queen driven eight squares forward.
“I think the human mind isn’t built to sustain trauma after trauma.”
“Perhaps she needs to learn to care for herself. Perhaps your care is her paralysis.”