Memento

Hurry to the hospital … wait …

Hurry to fill in the last of the checked and re-re-checked paperwork, and change into a one-size-fits-all (it doesn’t) hospital gown … wait …

Hurry into the operating theatre … wait …

Anesthetic takes effect … Cone of Surrealness finally shatters.

A rodent with razor claws sits at my throat and gnaws at it with poisoned fangs … I’m almost convinced it’s an hallucination.

“What is your pain on a scale of one to ten?” … “Eleven,” I croak.

The rodent continues its feast. I hurry up and wait for whatever painkiller they’re pumping into me to chase it away … wait some more …

I open my eyes to a large wall clock. Time has no meaning, but the second hand transits smoothly through each minute rather than ticking off each second individually. I am grateful, it saves me from counting each agonising one.

The painkillers kick in. My rodent friend disappears.

Bang! … rumble, rumble, clang, rattle. Elevator doors open, close, open again.

Rumble, swerve, clack, click, side-to-side jiggle. Thud-ump … stillness.

Another room, same clock with the sliding second hand. What is my pain level? Seven, with a twist of lemon, … that shifts gears and feels like a two.

… stop … wait …

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THANK YOU, Thank you, to all who called, emailed, and left comments. I am home again, sleeping lots, and healing as I ought. I don’t smell like hospital anymore so Widdercat is speaking to me.

All is well.

 

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21 comments on “Memento

  1. Hurrah! Hurrah! Hurrah! Keep on mending, Widders.

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  2. jannatwrites says:

    I’ve been wondering how everything went. Glad you are at home and healing. Here’s hoping for a speedy recovery (and no more visits from the horrible feasting rodent!)

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  3. catdownunder says:

    And Downunder Cat is relieved to hear it… purrs and paw pats to you.

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  4. I will hang on to that final “all is well.” :)

    Wishing you a speedy recovery!

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  5. Erin says:

    Glad to hear it went well and you’re home and recovering. Rest up.

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    • Widdershins says:

      Thanks Erin. :D The hardest part of recuperating is not overdoing it. I talked too much yesterday and this morning I couldn’t beat a tadpole in a croaking contest.

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  6. Jeff Hargett says:

    Very glad that Widdershins is back and Widdercat is speaking again. “Seven, with a twist of lemon.” Interesting.

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  7. Awesome! I’m so glad you’re all right.

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  8. Late to the party, but so glad you made it through in relatively good shape. My sole surgery spent completely under took place when I was very young, and left me with a pathological fear of inflating balloons, thanks to the anesthesiologist.

    Be well on these long and lovely summer days.

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  9. cheriereich says:

    Sounds like a pretty scary trip to the hospital. I hope you’re doing better!

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  10. Diana Beebe says:

    I wish you a speedy recovery!

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