Wellington Street

In which we take a stroll down a very strange stretch of road.

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Hospital "The Nursery Tone"

“I've been in and out of hospitals so much during my life that many of the staff at the local hospital know me by name. I haven't met all of them mind you. My condition is rather specialized. But they know me all the same, through notoriety. They call me 'The Sick Child,' and though they think it is a rather cute pet name for me I know that underneath all that is a level of pity. At this point, though I know I have another name, it hardly matters aside from the forms they need to fill out. No one says it anymore except my family, and not even all of them.

I can't remember the first time I went to the hospital. I was too young to recall, though my parents do. It has been easier since then, but the first visit was the worst one. They didn't know what was wrong with me back then, or even how to treat it. As a result my parents had to spend many nights watching over me, afraid that if they weren't there with me all the time that I would be alone when I died.

They eventually came out and told my parents what was wrong, and informed them that this would be a lifelong, complicated condition. It isn't something that could be dealt with easily, and because of that my rather consistent flareups warrant medical attention. They tell me that what happens isn't my fault. That there is simply something wrong with my body, with my mind. For a long time I accepted that as true, but more recently I have become unsure.

When a baby is born in a hospital, a tone rings that signals the birth of the child. It is a familiar nursery tone, one I have heard quite a lot. When I was born the tone rang twice in a row. When that happens it normally means that a pair of twins were born. The tone rang twice, but only one baby went home a few days later. My parents tell me that it is likely where it started. I'm not sure it justifies the things I have done, but it is hard to really say for sure. Being an only child can be a tricky thing after knowing someone, even unconsciously, for nine months.

My parents were sick too, and I assumed that they were like me. I was too young to understand that not everyone was like me. As a child I was always good at games that used the mind. Puzzles and chess came easily to me, and I thought that it was likely due to high intelligence. I did, but it turns out that there was more too it than that. When they first took me to the asylum they used an ambulance. The times after that we didn't bother calling. We just drove.

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