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. Shestood bent over so their faces were level with each other. The twenty-one year old patient¶scracked lips were held tightly together. The skin was starting to curl up in patches and flake off.The orderlies repeatedly applied Carmax to her lips only to come back hours later to the sameashy mess as before.³You gone open up? You have to eat at some point, you¶re disappearing.´ Yasmin let outa little laugh but got no response in return. She stood straight up still holding the spoon with athick orange liquid she assumed was tomato soup while her other hand sat perched on her hip.Her eyes scanned the small, claustrophobic padded room. Then down at the withering girl. Her arms were wrapped around her torso as though she was hugging herself all of the time.³I wouldn¶t eat in this shit hole either girl.´ She stroked the patient¶s silky hair. Most of its luster had gone but Yasmin still loved to touch it when she came in. The girl did not seem tomind; at least she did not flinch or protest in any way. Yasmin was not positive if the girl couldtalk. Since she has been working on this wing she has not uttered a word. She always seemed off in another realm; never looking directly at anyone but some entity inside the person.³Well if you don¶t want it, I¶ll eat it. I haven¶t sat down and ate since yesterday.´ Yasminlooked back at the door. Normally all doors remained opened while orderlies are tending to patients and if a patient is high risked two orderlies were to work the patient. This one had highrisk written all over her file but there were not enough orderlies that night and she never causedany trouble.