A Simple Procedure

A patient checks into the hospital for a simple procedure and experiences remarkable side effects.

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Episode Released: 20 April 2023

ALERT: This episode contains a fictionalized depiction of a panic attack and heartbeat sound effects. Please listen with caution.

It was a simple procedure.

A simple procedure.

I would be admitted to the hospital overnight. I had to be fasting. Except for some clear liquid that the nurse would have me drink every four hours. It contained some stuff that the doctor called “fixers.” She explained that they were meant to help boost the efficiency of the procedure and help my recovery go faster. Then she joked that they would “fix” me.

What’s the Word (that inspired the story)?
Fantod: usually “the fantods.” A state of extreme nervousness or restlessness; the willies; the fidgets

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Story: “A Simple Procedure” Copyright © 2019 by Nila L. Patel
Narration, Episode Art, Editing, and Production:  Nila L. Patel

Trip-Hop Lounge Abstract Background” by Digital Emotions (Intro/Outro)

“All the Answers”
“Heat Haze”
“The Nightmare”
“Here’s the Thing”

“Level 8”
“Level 6”
“Level 7”

Music by ANDREA BARONI (Cyberleaf)*
“Slightly Across (No Percussion)”
“March Of The Waking Lights”
“Night Time (No Percussion)”
“Forest Bathing”

*These tracks were part of a music and sound effects bundles I purchased from Humble Bundle and sourced from GameDev Market.

Music by Andrea Baroni and Chris Logsdon is licensed from GameDev Market
Music by Lee Rosevere is licensed under CC BY 4.0
Sound effects from AudioJungle and GameDevMarket

Find more music by Digital_Emotions at audiojungle.net
Find more music by Andrea Baroni and Chris Logsdon at gamedevmarket.net
Find more music by Lee Rosevere at freemusicarchive.org and bandcamp.com
Find more stories by Nila at storyfeather.com

(Stories centered on an intriguing word and its meaning)

Portal Button. Elongated rectangle. Rings of colored light emanate from the center. Inset on the left, an embossed circle with the Storyfeather feather logo, a feather quill shaped like the letter "f" with a drop of ink hovering below its tip. The circle is bordered with dots and dashes and casts a shadow. To the right of the image, the word "Definitions." At top right, the word "Year." Below "Year," the numeral "6."

Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy
Tags: Foreshadow, Hospital, Nervousness, Nurse Kim, Patient, Procedure, Restlessness, Ripples

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