This work is dedicated to SOFREP brother Dr. Taylor Mac.

As it was worded to me: “Dr. Collins will be hanging out with you your entire time in post-op recovery.” Hanging out? Oh, great. Does that mean I have to dream up something clever for us to do? I’m sure I’ll be a barrel of fun, you know, just tons of monkeys.

I recall opening my eyes and feeling instantly awake, though apparently somewhat daft as I focused in on Dr. Collin’s face hovering over me, sticking in her mouth was what for all the world appeared to be a red white and blue popsicle. You read me right, a Bomb Pop!

Bomb pop frozen dessert – original flavor (cherry, lime and blue raspberry) | Wikimedia Commons

“Are you having a … a popsicle, Daktari?”