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Monday, February 11, 2008
Butterflies and medical procedures

So this morning I had a fairly minor medical procedure at a hospital near my house to determine the cause of my ongoing stomach problems. I'm laying back on the hospital bed as the one nurse starts putting a narcotic and something similar to valium into my IV. The other nurse is commenting that Weiss, who was in the waiting room, has such a pretty name. The nurse at my IV tells me, "It's biblical, but it's usually spelled H-o-s-e-a." I start to explain that, no, it's different, giving her the biblical reference, when I look up and see that on the ceiling are two plastic panels covered with butterflies, moths and a bee on flowers against a blue sky. The company selling them says they make you feel calm and serene. The picture above is very similar, if not identical, to the one I saw.

"What's with the bee?" I think, and "Surely they could have done better with the proportions?" and then I don't remember anything at all until the nurses are offering me four containers of sugary juice.

I hope I was not brainwashed. At least I already voted in the primaries.

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