Saturday, April 13, 2013

Was Creep-Out at Hospital a Transfer of Psychic Energy?

It was one of the weirdest experiences I had ever had as a patient. It was the fourth and final night of my hospitalization after having a three-hour total knee replacement. At exactly 3:30 a.m.. I awoke surrounded by medical equipment I did not recognize. I panicked, and yelled something. A kindly nurse came in and said I had been sound asleep a half-hour before.

She then asked two perfectly good questions: "Where are you and who are you?" I was glad she asked them in that order, because for that harrowing moment, I knew the answer to neither.

 I finally said, 'Grand Strand Regional Medical Center." (It helped that it was written on the chalkboard -- that gave me a little grace time to figure out my name.)

"This cocktail of pain medicines can have some weird effects on folks," I commented. She agreed.

But I then looked up at the TV where "Sports Center" was playing. I had fallen asleep with it on. The ESPN reporters were telling and showing in horrible detail the story of Lakers' star Kobe Bryant going down with a torn Achilles tendon and him despairing that he couldn't even walk after coming back to lead the Lakers to the verge of the NBA playoffs. What should he do now, he cried out?

Far-fetched I know, but it was as though a jolt of psychic energy had traveled 3,000 miles and penetrated my consciousness in my hospital room. Though I have never been a particular fan of Kobe's, I recognize his greatness and I hate to see anyone's ability to walk diminished, elite athlete or not.

I wish him well. I hope for full restoration of walking ability myself, though the journey seems long now.

                                                © Robert G. Holland  2013

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