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|December 7, 2005|
My Colon Exam
Since it is fashionable among older Americans to talk
about their operations or procedures, I want to tell you about the colon exam
that I had recently.
want to, but I can't. Whatever it was they dripped in my veins blotted out the
whole experience, so I can only tell you about afterward, which I thought was a
very interesting example of opportunities presenting themselves at unexpected
Upon coming to myself, I found I was in a small cubicle and a nurse
was explaining to me that the procedure had involved pumping air into me, to
inflate the colon and aid the scope in the exam. This air, she said was still in
there and must be expelled. She would leave me to get it done.
experimenting a bit, I realized that I had a virtually unlimited supply of
propellant and that I shouldn't waste it.
briefly warmed up by running the scales a few times, then launched into a medley
of show tunes. These included selections from 'Fiddler On The Roof', 'Sound Of
Music' and 'Cats'. My finest moment however, was during the final number. I had
chosen 'Overture of 1812', always a stirring and patriotic piece, and had
reached the crescendo near the end, when the nurse come back to check on me.
Unable to cope with her emotions and with tears in her eyes, she rushed from the
room to compose herself.
that moment I felt proud to be an American and at the same time humbled by the
whole process. Without expecting it I was suddenly placed in a situation where,
for the first time I could experience my true potential and begin to see what
life as an artist could hold for me.