You know what is just a wee bit weird about this, Ann? You published this piece on the 38th anniversary of my appendectomy (6-23). I bet my scar is way gnarlier than yours. The doctor who performed the surgery had never done an appendectomy before in his life. He was on the phone during the entire surgery receiving instructions from another doctor. The surgery took 4 and a half hours! When I asked the doc what took so long he said that he couldn't find my appendix. That was the beginning of my not-so-fun relationship with doctors. (Great article, by the way.)

Earthling — Lifelong novelist & essayist —