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December 8, 2002
It's actually easy to slip the needle in if you focus on the square centimeter of skin where it will penetrate. I wonder what the scene looks like to passersby outside our kitchen window: two solemn-faced adults in a too brightly lit kitchen, one holds the bag of Lactated Ringer's solution aloft while the other uses left hand to calm a small black rabbit sitting on the kitchen counter, right hand gripping the needle, trying not to shake. I try to be firm and quick. The needle doesn't hurt going in, but he squirms when the liquid enters, re-affirming life.