Monday, January 12, 2009

Because I Care

On the way home from the ER on Friday, I got to thinking about how kidney stones are really painful, and that it might be a valuable path for one's life if one were to come up with either a cure, or a way to ease the suffering, perhaps by some medical drink or by shortening the duration, of individuals with kidney stones. These sorts of issues weigh heavily on me when I think about how I'd like to make sure anyone else I meet is best prepared to combat their stones. With all manner of altruism foremost in my mind, the embodiment of a modern day Albert Schweitzer, I asked Pooteewheet, "Do you think sucking would help?"

You can blame my lack of experimental knowledge, inability to make a lasting impact on the medical community, and inability to brighten the lives of millions of victims of their own evil kidneys on her unwillingness to try until there was some measure of success. All she could do was look at me and remark, "Didn't you just leave the ER?"

In response to which I can only quote Mignon McLaughlin, who said in The Second Neurotic's Notebook (1966), "Grasp your opportunities, no matter how poor your health; nothing is worse for your health than boredom."

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