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May 25, 2010


Today's theme is "chronic pain."

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I wake up and struggle with the call button.


The morning nurse arrives at my bed, taps the IV, and checks the bandages on my hands.

"Fingers still hurt?" she asks.

"It's like they're being dipped in fire!" I groan. "Please, make it stop!"

I try to move my hands, but they're strapped down to the rails on the bed.

"No, we're not going to loosen those," she said. "Remember the last time we did that?"

She loosens a bandage and I look.

Bloody stumps.

"Your toes still hurt?"

That's when I remember… I bit those off, too.

Posted by: Laurence Simon at May 25, 2010 10:51 AM · Permalink

Check before you post!