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Not So Brave

By Robert Jaunsen

Copyright 2009 Robert Jaunsen

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I lay stretched out on the operating table, mercifully anesthetized, intubated, attached to a heart-lung machine, my chest and abdomen split open into a glistening chasm of tissue and bone. Blood-soaked plastic tubes, sponges and clamps are strategically placed within my frail torso. Considering my youthful, female modesty, this is the ultimate exposure, going deeply beyond the surface of my naked self. Some of my heparin-thinned blood pools in my body cavity and is quickly suctioned back into the heart-lung machine’s pump. My blood is precious to me and I prefer not having a single drop wasted even though a large blood bank withdrawal has been made on my behalf.

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