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The nurses were not pleased to see me back at the hospital. I detected resentment in the clatter of my meal tray onto my bedside table, a new roughness in the sponge. Sometimes, when the painkillers were wearing off, I pushed the call button and no-one came. At first it was a mystery. Then one night, sweating and unable to stand the terrible crawling sensation in my leg that was no longer there, I held down the call button for as long as it took. Nineteen minutes later, a nurse appeared. She stared down at me like I was a stain. “Oh, I’m sorry for the delay,” she said. “I was busy with the patients who want to get better.”


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Machine Man subscriber Alex (#237)

Location: London, England
Quote: "We're today's scrambled creatures, locked in tomorrow's double feature (Bowie)"
Posted: 5545 days ago

Wow, they're really going to love him when he cuts off his arm!

Machine Man subscriber Impotent Verse (#3907)

Location: Cambridge, UK
Quote: "On the internet, nobody knows you're a dog"
Posted: 5545 days ago

"...a new roughness in the sponge." ?!

Meanwhile in the real world...

Life imitates art imitates...

Abgrund (#3357)

Location: Atlantis
Quote: ""Redeem your mind from the hockshops of authority." - Ayn Rand"
Posted: 5545 days ago

Only nineteen minutes? Sponge baths? No Foley? Sounds more like the Playboy Mansion than a hospital.

the-tine (#472)

Location: Pennsylvania, USA
Quote: "Coming soon to a planet near you."
Posted: 5545 days ago

Army colonel and neuroglogist Dr. Geoffrey Ling, paired with the guy that invented the Segway, are creating bionic arms for amputees in the military:



I guess it's what Charlie's trying to do, only for less selfish reasons :P

Mary Rose (#2854)

Location: San Francisco, CA
Quote: "go big or stay home"
Posted: 5545 days ago

"I was busy with the patients who want to get better." What could be better than a feisty, snotty nurse?

towr (#1914)

Location: Netherlands
Posted: 5545 days ago

The nurse isn't really being fair, he does want to become better. He just considers that artificial limbs are a more effective improvement.

Machine Man subscriber Mapuche (#1184)

Location: Darwin, Australia
Quote: "Inconceivable!"
Posted: 5545 days ago

better (improved) as opposed to better (well again)...

Leto (#3520)

Location: Canada
Quote: "Dare to be Stupid - Crazy Al."
Posted: 5545 days ago

Even closer to our hero...

Segway kind of legs.

check this out

and hoping this isn't killing Max's story.....

stanley becker (#5283)

Location: black hole
Posted: 4831 days ago

I'm sure the Beatles did a song about things getting better "better, better, behehterrr" - things are indefinite articles or maybe not - is this a tale of meanings that lie between the lines?

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