REALITY? & WRITING: Editing Angina

Sitting on the doctor’s table, fully dressed–I like that part, as compared to the gynecologist’s–swinging my feet because they do not reach the platform and reading health posters on the wall because I forgot to bring a book in with me.  The good doctor enters, holding the results of the ECG and my whole file beneath his arm.  In answer to his question, I tell him I’m doing well, then tell him there’s a typo on the What is Angina? poster.  Where? he asks.  I point it out: Lighted-headed.  Look at that, he says, I’ve never noticed that before.  Well, I say, when you have to make the patient wait here, ask them to find the typo in the poster and they’ll be  busy and relaxed when you get back.

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