That is one shitty friend
First of all, you are a breathtakingly beautiful writer. But that is one shitty friend. What kind of person could lose focus in the midst of your harrowing watermelon story? How could he not ache for you, and let you know that? How could he offer such a flippant response? I hope you show him your article — and if he doesn’t respond with shame about his own behavior and genuine love for you, reconsider your friendship.