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  • I'm waiting for D------ to get some blood taken. The hospital atrium has comfortable seats. I've never sat here before - only passed through one night when I was going home, lost after I took a wrong turn off the elevator.

    I can choose between facing the centre of the atrium, or facing the front entrance. I choose to face the atrium.

    I am in a lot of pain. The endo has been bad all week. I lean back and try to slow my breathing.

    There are colours on the walls.

    There are colours on the walls - and they are changing!

    I watch in amazement as they shift from blue to green to yellow to orange to fuschia to purple to blue again.

    I text my sister: So I'm sitting here in the hospital waiting for D------ to have his blood test, and there's a pretty light show in the atrium. Palliative care meets Vegas...

    She texts back: Lol. For xmas?

    I send her four pictures of the different colours in quick succession: I guess

    Her: Crazy

    Me: It's truly gorgeous, actually. Very soothing. The colours shift very slowly and gently. Peaceful.

    And it is peaceful. It almost makes me forget the pain that's trying to curl me up double. I also notice the carillon. It never rings. I wonder if it plays a song.

    Three hours later she texts again: Any news?

    Me: Yep, just got to D's, you can call
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