Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: The Great White North (NOT Alaska)
Dream? More like a hallucination, as at the time I had pneumonia and a very high fever. I was sitting next to our (at the time) only betta, Hamlet, working on the final paper for a philosophy course on ethical questions surrounding the Holocaust when one of those massive coughing fits hit that make the vision dark and blurry. In between the sounds of emerging bubbles I could almost swear I heard Hamlet speak:
"You should take the syrup," he said.
"It'll keep the one you're angry with away."
"You heard me."
"No I didn't. You're a fish."
"And you're in a dangerous position. I can feel you from here. You're burning. Take the cough syrup. It will help you feel better."
Those words made me feel uncomfortable: for the last week or so I had had this recurring nightmare about Josef Mengele, chasing me around with a bottle of Buckley's (cough syrup), using those exact words after my lungs had finally gotten the better of me and I could run no further. I kept trying to tell myself that like the nightmares, this was just another misfire of an over-heated brain.
"Trust me. Take it. You don't want HIM to come back, do you? It's scarier when you're awake," Hamlet continued, as though he could read my mind. "Besides, the doctor at the walk-in said it would be a good idea to continue with the treatments you had already administered to yourself. And as much as you don't enjoy the form your unconscious has chosen to manifest, he's right. You can't deny what you know to be true."
The betta was rational as well as psychic...and right.
After following his advice, I eventually drifted off in my little pile of books with my computer still warm in my lap. I didn't wake until my room mate came home from work.
"Did you take a dose of medicine?"
"And I didn't have to pour it down your throat..."
"Don't get me wrong," I said, making a wry face, "it's still vile and it still makes me shudder, but I could swear I just had a rational argument with the fish and he nags me just as much as you do."
Seriously, if you do get sick, don't push it until you can go no further. I've learned my lesson the hard way and would hate to see anyone else go through that needlessly.