1) Be sure you have someone to take you home. Anesthesia and pain medicine will make it unsafe for you to drive or get home on your own.
The Croatian brothers offered me mushrooms. Invited me to watch them fuck the groupie pressed between them. I giggled when Luka tried to convince me they’re rock stars. Their music ossifies my tympanic membrane into a blade.
2) Understand exactly what procedure is planned, along with the risks, benefits, and other options.
We watched from Luka’s bed. He never has to wear a condom. Never gotten a girl pregnant. He’s twelve years older and wiser. There’s a silver place in my belly where Luka empties his humours.
3) Let your doctor know what medications you’re taking. Some painkillers can cause bleeding after the procedure.
Months later, the silver place glows. A pulse of life. A blood egg.
4) Make sure your doctor and the hospital have a copy of your advance care plan. If you don’t have one, you may want to prepare one. It lets others know your health care wishes. It’s a good thing to have before any type of surgery or procedure.
Luka does not want to be forced to tell my parents but is going to call them right away if I don’t hurry up and get it over with.