Self-Portrait

The Fifth of Seven.

Eleven external, and five internal ,stitches

Yesterday the sixth, on my right shoulder, was excised. The last to be done will be the largest of all and in close proximity to it, so we must wait ten days for it to heal before cutting again. The area is one in which the skin is under tension as the arm and shoulder work. To have done both at once would increase the possibility of the stitches tearing. Mehdi doesn’t want to cut any corners.

He says he likes cutting me, because I feel no pain, and don’t bleed much. He tells me I’m a surgeon’s dream. I’m pretty sure I feel no pain because of the lignocaine. Apparently it doesn’t work for some people. It seems that no one can offer a full scientific explanation of how and why anaesthetic works.

As for the bleeding, I’m surprised, given the amount of aspirin I take.

Author: Uisce úr

Though I am old with wandering Through hollow lands and hilly lands, I will find out where she has gone, And kiss her lips and take her hands; And walk among long dappled grass, And pluck till time and times are done, The silver apples of the moon, The golden apples of the sun.

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