Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Sickness Unto Death

Your humble Contributor's current condition of health puts him in mind of that unusual philosopher Soren Kierkegaard, when he described the "sickness unto death".
To be sick unto death is, not to be able to die--yet not as though there were hope of life; no, the hopelessness in this case is that even the last hope, death, is not available.
How well he described the current condition: the mucus membranes as swollen and irritated as a disheveled post-carnivalian on Ash Wednesday morn; the various, unseen passages that keep otolaryngologists busy (and playing golf on Wednesdays on rather lush, exclusive courses) packed with a substance most nearly resembling mortar; nasal discharges expelled with the force of a runaway train, often referred to as "sneezing", which somehow does not capture the brief but frame-shaking and death-dealing events; expectorations drawing forth, apparently, from the fifth or sixth circle of the inferno; the head seemingly in the grip of an ever-tightening vise.

Strange that this viral peril begins with harmless waterfowl in China. But, when you consider that Donald Duck is now among them, the pieces begin to fit together.

Your humble Contributor speaks as one who has well-nigh mastered the vocal quackery of this slick caricature of a duck. In fact, fitted with the proper feathered suit and bill, he might pass himself off as the real thing -- waddling toward the unsuspecting visitors to the Magic Kingdom, charming them with his disarming presence, and embracing them, only to pick their pockets.

On your next pilgrimage to that site, be on your guard. Meanwhile, pass the tissues.

6 Comments:

Blogger Ned said...

It was a sneeze that led Edison to the idea for movies.
Hereunder as well, the extraordinary person takes a fresh perspective on ordinary things.
So sorry to hear of your "fowl" condition. Best wishes as you convalesce.

2/15/2005 09:23:00 PM  
Blogger Jodie said...

Hope you are better soon...I think I was hired for my current job because I was the only applicant who could spell otorhinolaryngology. (I do head & neck cancer research...see...could be worse.)

It's spelled out completely on the hall outside the office in foot high letters. Luckily it's a loooong hall (it's a small department within a big university. Guess it was their way of thumbing their noses at the Internal Medicine people).

2/15/2005 09:34:00 PM  
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2/15/2005 09:35:00 PM  
Blogger Remainderman said...

Jodie --

I knew that I left out something -- turns out to be a "rhino" -- not a small thing to leave out.

2/15/2005 09:41:00 PM  
Blogger Hannah said...

Pass the kleenexes, somebody.

2/15/2005 11:28:00 PM  
Blogger Gone Away said...

This is a get well soon card:

Get well soon.

I know, not very original but I bought it for the picture on the front. Like it?

2/16/2005 06:39:00 AM  

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