Diabetes and demons: Every day is a challenge for local double amputee

1302862332 44 Diabetes and demons: Every day is a challenge for local double amputeeBy ANIKA CLARK April 03, 2011 12:00 AM

FALL RIVER — It’s shortly after 10 a.m. at a dialysis center, and Carlos Raposa — sitting in a red motorized chair with a Save-A-Lot bag draped from the back — is falling asleep.

The 49-year-old diabetic waits for a blood-filtering procedure he despises, but must do for three hours, three days a week for the rest of his life.

Gone is the humor he showed one afternoon while motoring down South Main Street, or the mischievous grin he flashes when kidding around.

His face is drawn, his eyes seem dull and resigned. He scratches at itches hidden by his gray sweats, and he waits.

“Every day going there, it’s ‘Son of a (expletive), “

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