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The answer was not a pineapple

John B Best
Med J Aust 2014; 200 (8): 495. || doi: 10.5694/mja14.00250
Published online: 5 May 2014

A short period of disability can be an enlightening experience

You look at the gutter.
It is about 15 centimetres down from your right foot.
The cobblestones are wet and they seem to wink at you.
You are clutching her hand.
You tentatively advance your foot.
Your brain is telling you that you cannot do it
You continue to stare down, but your body and legs are rigid and painful.

  • John B Best

  • Murray to the Mountains Intern Training Program, Sydney, NSW.

Correspondence: jbbest@iimetro.com.au

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