D: How have things been?
Me: honestly? [recounts tale of hospital admissions]
D: Oh! Do you…want to talk about it?
Me: No, I’m good
D: [maybe a bit relieved?] Oh, ok then
Since which point, D. has been quietly understanding. As in my post: https://balfourthrb.wordpress.com/2013/02/04/today/ Something Positive, this kind of quiet acceptance and acknowledgement mean a lot.