Some Diseases, Ailments, and General Discomforts of Orville McLean, Age 77

Pre-traumatic stress disorder
Family-friendly Tourette’s
Avian gonorrhea
Blocked tear ducts
Rotator cuff links
Torn ACL
A case of the hibbity-jibbities
Proceeding hairline
Lyme disease
Lemon disease
Type II hiccups
Pink Eyes
House of Pies
Cracker Barrel night terrors
Canis lupis
Shrinking wrist disorder
Bovine-derived shin splints
Upsidedown’s syndrome
Premature ejaculation
Postmature ejaculation
Deep dish depression
Jane’s addiction
Associate’s degree burns
George burns
Compulsive cataracts
Terminal cooties

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This post is one in a series of works inspired by the Smithsonian Institution’s photo archive, made publicly available on Flickr. If you would like to, choose an image from their collection and create something – be it prose, poetry, audio, or visual art – inspired by it, and send it to snakeoilcure [at] gmail [dot] com.

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Edward Garza is a junior at the University of Houston, where he is earning his Bachelor of Arts in Literary Studies. He asserts that Houston is a captivating city – if you know what you’re doing. He works as a consultant at UH’s Writing Center, is an editor for the literary journal The Aletheia, and is a staff writer for the magazine Stryve. Additional work can be found in The Venture and 50 to 1. His other contributions to Snake-Oil CUre can be found here.