Monday, June 8

About Post-Op Meds

This is more of a "Words to the wise" than about specifics.

Specifically, watch what you read when you're on your post-operative medications.

As said previously, a book I'd heard about but put aside for another time to read has been getting my attention late at night in my dreams.

I've never had problems dreaming and/or getting into REM sleep. In this particular case, though, the subject matter can give you the heebie-jeebies if put in the wrong context, that context being under the influence.

Of what? The mere fact that - in Utah at least - that one needs to show ID when picking up one's meds from the local apothecary if said meds are a narcotic, then all you need do is think Timothy Leary. For my generation, that gets the point across pretty easily.

I've already written about some of the travels I've done (read trips) about other meds I've taken and what the thankfully non-negative outcomes were. But those were conscious travels; rather these past few have been in my sub-conscious. Not sure that since I was in deep sleep I was therefore unconscious.

The book, by A. J. Jacobs, is titled "The Year of Living Biblically". The subject matter wouldn't otherwise have got my attention if not for a report done by the Bryant Park Project on NPR in late 2007. It sounded interesting, if only that the question comes up occasionally whether the the Bible should be taken literally, or as literature?1,2

I imagine that since none of the Bible should be considered as fantasy (I suppose it depends on who you talk to, or even if your beliefs are of the Creationist/Evolutionist/Flying Spaghetti Monster variety), but since my mind lately is muddied a bit by my prescribed narcotics, bits of reality have been interspersed with that of the book.

Listen to the piece at NPR about the book, then imagine what your mind might do with it.

Yes, I'll probably finish reading the book, but I'm not one to comment on it in part or in full.

Particularly if I'm under the influence.

1 OK, I admit I had to look up the word literal: Pertaining to a letter of the alphabet. More typically, it means “based on what is actually written or expressed.” A literal interpretation gives an exact rendering—word for word— taking words in their usual or primary sense. It is also used to describe thinking which is unimaginative or matter of fact.
2 There was even a class in high school called "Bible as Lit". Thirty-four years ago. Imagine how far we've come.

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