How much Experience do you need?

24 Jul

So, I’m sitting on a chair in the Day Surgery unit of my local hospital waiting for an operation on my carpel tunnel. The other orthopaedic patients are to the side of me, but I am exposed to (and them to me) the old ladies in to get their cataracts done. Now while I love House and in the past ER and even St Elsewhere real life medical issues I’m not as good with, particularly not eyes. But I’m a writer, every experience is meant to be used a filed for later use. so what do I do? I consider the nurses, one of whom is retelling a tale of her boyfriend leaving her. I consider the ladies, as they talk to each other, shout for the nurse and misunderstand the instructions for aftercare. Then I read my book Linda Grant’s We had it so Good and I listen to Stephen Fry’s Fry Chronicles on my MP3 and I wait. Four hours later I’m getting local anaesthetic in my hand and I have no option but to experience. In case you’re squeamish I’ll not elaborate here, then I’m walked to theatre where I decided that I’m going to settle for a half-experience and the possibility that if I set a book in a hospital (unlikely) I might get a bit wrong. I plug in my headphones and close my eyes.

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