Physician Heal Thyself #FridayFictioneers

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Physician Heal Thyself

Nothing in the wilderness text had prepared me for this hell. I hadn’t even held a gun since I was twelve years old and even then it was just a rite of passage to appease my old man.

I’m a surgeon, a healer, not a revolutionary.

Sulfur and dust curled under my nose and mixed with the sweat. Tears of inadequacy clouded the pages as I searched the tome for anything that would help. I knew the bullet had to come out but I didn’t know if I was brave enough to make the first cut before I exsanguinated.

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52 thoughts on “Physician Heal Thyself #FridayFictioneers

  1. Powerful and traumatic piece!

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  2. Traumatic indeed. The vocab however is superb- great job, well written and unique take.

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  3. Dear Tracey,

    Is he getting ready to remove a bullet from himself? Either way, written as only you can and very at that.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  4. This resonated, though I didn’t understand it. Is the surgeon reading the book for instructions? Removing a bullet from the book? Are the surgeon and the book one and the same? You can see why my confusion made it resonate

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  5. Good stuff, Tracey. The doc is trying to remove a bullet from him/herself? It has some good grit to it.

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  6. A unique dilema, I think. Only you have the skill to save yourself, but physical frailty is likely to prevent you using it. An interesting thought. Well done.

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  7. Pain or survival? Food for thought there.

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  8. The personal trauma and the dilemma make for a really good story. It’s certainly an interesting scenario. Also, I like that I learned a new word (exsanguinate)! The voice/vocabulary worked very well and definitely added authenticity

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    • I’m glad to give you a new word although it doesn’t usually come up in polite conversation. Although my son, the other surgeon, and I are known to throw it out at dinner time much to the dismay of the rest of the family. ha ha ๐Ÿ˜ท

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  9. That makes me shiver, I couldn’t do it either. If she’s alone, she has to though. Great story, unique take on the prompt.

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  10. Sounds like a bad situation turned worse. It must be very frightening to have to operate on yourself. Great piece!

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  11. Great piece, loved the line”Tears of inadequacy clouded the pages” ๐Ÿ™‚

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  12. Tears of Inadequacy I understand. Exsanguinated, not so much. Really good story ,,, but exsanguinated? I can’t figure out the word, let alone exsanguinate myself!

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  13. Horrible dilemma, but it doesn’t sound like there’s much choice. Working on yourself would not be an easy task.
    Shouldn’t that be “rite” of passage?

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  14. Learnt a new word! I sensed his/her panic. Good story.

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  15. Wow, that one really hits ya’ – right here… pounds the old, healed wound. Great story.

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  16. I love it… the tension of when you have to operate yourself.. knowledge is not all, courage is part of making it too.

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  17. Great tale. And I for one love the word “exsanguinate” here. I love how the word looks and sounds. It really rolls off the tongue and often I read these tales aloud. I think, in many ways, the oral telling is the purest, right? Enjoyed this — been in Bermuda for two months so just getting back to Friday Fictioneers. Now, if the weather would be as good as the tales here….:)

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  18. Hey, if Rambo can do it, so can she!
    Grit your teeth, girl, and just do it! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  19. Oh man, that would be so awful to have to remove your own bullet or do anything surgical to yourself. If only you could put yourself under while you did it. Haha That’s never going to happen. Great story, Tracey!

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  20. I love the approach you took with this. I can feel the character’s agony – she’s really got to ‘bite the bullet’ and do what needs to be done.

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  21. It would no doubt be extremely difficult to operate on yourself, especially if you were suffering blood loss. I looked the word up. It was quite right to use it as a doctor thinking to herself. It’s absolutely the way she’d think. Well written, Tracey. —- Suzanne

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  22. A horrible dilemma, very well written Tracey.

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  23. The Devils in the detail. [sulfur] Let him or Count Dracula loose on the blood, better then exsanguination. For they will both want to come back for more, that way you will survive. But keep the book handy for a quick escape.

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  24. This is a very suspenseful scene. Nice job!

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