+ Include Surgery
Red bulbous noses, menacing clowns, harlequin hats and jesters dance in his hallucinations now.
Orange doctors speak of complications of surgery and difficult times ahead. Five minutes here, five minutes there, then jocular chats about rounds of golf and luminous-orange spray tan top-ups.
Yellow jaundice creeps across his skin and eyes as internal organs work, pump, pump then fail. Fail.
Green ticks on wall-charts indicate hospital metrics and excellent value for money healthcare services. Bonuses for the executives.
Blue veins sink and collapse like long forgotten transport canals. Needles no longer gain purchase.
Indigo patches bloom like wild flowers across his body, but bedsores and bruises are the least of his worries.
Violet lights scan under the beds. Terrifying monsters lurk under the beds of children. Microscopic infection has killed more people than war and technology bows down before its reign.