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 …


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.


21 comments on “Memento

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


  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!)


  3. catdownunder says:

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


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

    Wishing you a speedy recovery!


  5. Erin says:

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


    • Widdershins says:

      Thanks Erin. 😀 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.


  6. Jeff Hargett says:

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


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


  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.


  9. cheriereich says:

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


  10. Diana Beebe says:

    I wish you a speedy recovery!


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