- Is there a more disconcerting word combination in the English language than 'wound infection'? Other candidates might include 'rat bite', 'brain injury' and 'away day'.
- I remember a character on some Western or war film reckoning that the most painful way to die from a gun-shot wound is to take one in the guts. I can confirm that this is probably true.
- Hospital morphine, if taken in sufficient quantity, can help you partake in the sort of phantasmagorical visions experienced by Coleridge, De Quincey and other opium-eaters and laudanum drinkers.
I had a number of visions, which, thankfully, didn't spill over into the nightmarish. One had me at the bottom of a sea-cave looking up through a hole in the roof to see silhouetted shoals of whales, sharks and divers swimming amongst each other, sinuously and peacefully. Another had me peering through charcoal clouds at a patch of blue sky on which was projected portraits of people wearing dashing beards and headwear of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century provenance. Delicately pale faces and red cockades and lips.
Now, though, we move on. Except to thank those who left kind comments wishing me well. Blogging seems full of surprises, one of which is the peculiar sort of intimacy established with people you've mostly never met. I suppose this is because when you share personal thoughts and views - which you might not have shared before with anyone else - and invite people to comment on them, you implicitly rely on there being a degree of mutual interest, good faith and trust between you and your interlocutors. When this is justified, it's hardly surprising that some sort of connection is made. Anyway, thank you.