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A Hundred Gourds 4:3 June 2015

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Ignatius Fay - Canada


Traces


I am here for a test to see how my stomach is functioning. More to the point, to see how long it takes food to pass through my stomach and into my intestines. To do this, I have to eat two egg whites laced with a radioactive tracer, accompanied by two slices of toast for bulk.

waiting area
more than one yawn
eight a.m.

When the technician brings me the food, she gives me a pair of vinyl gloves. Policy dictates that, to minimize exposure, the patient is not to handle the radioactive egg whites with bare hands. Hmm . . . What sense does that make? I am eating the damned radioactive eggs, taking them into my body.

change room
struggling to tie
the backless gown



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