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    Does "sick" here mean "disgusting" or "gruesome"?

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    that I had rolled out of the top bunk during the night. She
    seemed to be deeply concerned about my condition, as she drove
    me to the hospital. When she told the doctor about my fall from
    the top bunk bed, I could tell by the look he gave me that he
    knew my injury was no accident. Again, I was too afraid to
    speak up. At home, Mother made up an even more dramatic
    story for Father. In the new version, Mother included her efforts
    to catch me before I hit the floor. As I sat in Mother’s lap,
    listening to her lie to Father, I knew my mom was sick. But my
    fear kept the accident our secret. I knew if I ever told anyone,
    the next “accident” would be worse.

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    #2

    Re: Does "sick" here mean "disgusting" or "gruesome"?

    Not enough context for me to understand it well, but I think SICK means here "mentally ill". (In any case, it means neither "disgusting" nor "gruesome").

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    Re: Does "sick" here mean "disgusting" or "gruesome"?

    I agree with englishhobby. The writer was clearly well aware that he was being physically abused, but he appears to be not only frightened of his mother but also, in a way, sympathetic towards her, putting her abusive actions down to the fact that she is "sick". It wouldn't make sense for that to mean "physically ill" or "disgusting/gruesome", but a mental sickness does fit with the context and the tone.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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