The day I was hospitalized for acute leukemia, I burst out in laughter. Not a roaring laughter, but an out of this world kind of elation and giddiness that kept me giggling while doctors and nurses poured in to conduct all sorts of tests. Suddenly, my eyes felt heavy, the left side of my body went limp, making me look like a drunk duck, and I had the most psychedelic of experiences, complete with flying horses and even predictions on football matches (I hate football!) and where the newly budded Arab Spring was headed. Reading this post brought back the memory of this incredibly weird experience. Magic mushrooms? No, just a few pills of Alprax and Codeine, and four days of non-stop fun while being diagnosed with leukemia.

(illustration: Carissa Weber)