Called Back - 18841886 Called Back Dickinson suffered her...

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1884–1886: Called Back Dickinson suffered her first blackout in the spring of 1884. She began to weaken. In April 1884, doctors diagnosed an advanced case of Bright's Disease, or nephritis–an inflammation of the kidney. Shortly thereafter, Dickinson received the news that Otis Lord had died. For the next two years, Dickinson was effectively an invalid. She rarely left her bed and never wrote poetry. In the winter of 1885, Dickinson chose to refuse more medical examinations. As she lay back against her pillows, weak and sick, Dickinson composed her last poem, "So give me back death." During the first weeks of May 1886, Dickinson seemed to sense her impending death and wrote a short note to her cousins Louise and Fanny Norcross, which said only: "Little Cousins, Called Back, Emily." On May 13th, Dickinson complained to Lavinia that she felt especially ill and that it was becoming difficult to breathe. Later that day she fell into a coma. The family held a vigil around her bedside for sixty hours. On the evening of May 16th, Emily Dickinson died. Dickinson's funeral was held in the Dickinson home. As she had requested, Dickinson was buried in a robe of white flannel. Dickinson's siblings placed her white coffin in the library
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