Thursday, March 08, 2007

The heart of matter

"This hospital is definitely more cheerful than any of the other ones I've been to on my tour," Stan thought to himself. He'd been traveling around the country the last half year or so. Stan had a couple issues that he liked to work out in hospital waiting rooms. This one was the radiology waiting room. Initially, the room had been packed, standing room only. One of the administrators called folks' names out regularly from behind a glass window and soon there was only one other person in there besides Stan.

When she came into the room, Stan immeditately noticed her dirty blond hair, cute face and svelt form. After a few minutes, he started up a conversation with her and she warmed up immediately. Tiny minute sparks of light and joy seemed to shoot out from the corners of her eyes. The words jumped out of her mouth eager to be heard like a pack of dogs wanting to be walked. "Do you surf?" He queried innocently.

"No." Quick smile. "Do you?"

"Yeah." Stan pauses, thinks carefully about his next question. "What do you think about hospitals?"

Giggles. "I'm a nurse, I work here - just not now."

"I hope it's nothing serious."

Quick shrug. Nervous smile.

"How do you like being a nurse?"

"It's busy, I work 5 days a week. It's amazing all the things that nurses do. We do a lot of handy man type stuff."

"How about health? Are you into health?"

She just smiles her smile and stares intently. "Do hospitals have anything to do with health?" Stan asks with a grin. "You see, I am in to health and it kind of shocks me how little western medicine seems to actually know about how the human organs function and their roll in maintaining health and vibrance."

"What do you think of the heart? Lets get to the heart of the matter."

"It's a pump."

"Actually, its more neural tissue then muscle."


"Yeah. Not only that but it is directly linked to the limbic system, the immune system and the cerebral cortex. In fact, there are basal ganglia in every organ of the body."