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Strange Beauty and Dreams of Diana

Today's visual has nothing to do with written content ... or, if it does, it is so weirdly connected that my conscious has not yet beaten my subconscious into submission enough to figure it out.

Published in this week's New England Journal of Medicine as "Image of the Week," this is a greatly magnified slide of a pap smear in which -- somehow -- arrowwood found its way into the woman's cervical cellular content. Per NEJM:

"This harmless arrowwood contaminant was seen in a routine cervical smear of a young woman. Arrowwood (Viburnum dentatum) grows in the eastern and midwestern regions of the United States and Canada. The stellate structure has thick, transparent walls and stains a pinkish-gold color with the Papanicolaou smear. It is very fragile and is seen intact infrequently. Plant hairs (trichomes) originate from many different trees and are sometimes seen in Papanicolaou smears during the spring and summer."

One wonders how it got there, doesn't one? So strangely beautiful.

And my dreams: Diana, Princess of Wales, all night long. In most of them, she was an unhappily petulant presence. Not the heroic female archetype, just a restlessly unhappy royal.

Pap smear and a princess. If you discover the connection, please advise.

Variations on jasmine and rose move around me as I continue to test clearing's Wild series ... I have numbers written on my arms so I don't make a mistake. Numbers five and one on my right arm, number two on my left. Tough call. Three hours later: Number Five, it's Number Five!!!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, obviously, the Royal and the now famous owner of the pap smear were doing it in the woods. You know that though. We all knew it...the beach, the gullies and just anywhere, just like the rest of us. Doctors and scientists act like they don't know but they're out there doing it too.

Probably your readers are far too refined to admit to this activity. My post might have to be removed. But thousands will read it first and quietly nod their heads with a half smile...remembering the woods.


8:30 AM

Blogger ParisLondres said...

LOL - clearing you are too funny!
M dear thanks for the gorgeous image - unbelievable!


8:46 AM

Blogger Urban Chick said...

i have also been intrigued by what is retrieved from our orifices :) and this just serves to confirm in my own mind that i am right to take an interest in my own bodily fluids because therein lies so much potential for beauty (he he!)

but sorry, no thoughts on the pap smear-diana link

thanks, M! xxx

9:20 AM

Blogger NowSmellThis said...

OMG, right away I thought, what a lovely picture...then read your post and had to laugh. Way cool.

11:30 AM

Anonymous Victoria said...

This had me laughing out loud! Clearing's comment is priceless.

12:33 PM


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