Just sit them through a laser eye procedure!
Not lasiks, but what I had done today, which was where the ophthalmologist used a laser to blast away some scar tissue behind the lens implant in my right eye. There’s no actual pain involved, but it’s like having to sit there, with your eye held open by a contact device, and stare at welder flash for
hours on end two minutes.
Like I said, no pain, but you have a natural instinct to close your eyes, to look away, to avoid that painfully bright light. Having to sit there seems almost unbearable; Khalid Sheikh Muhammad? He’d have broken, and quickly!
Oh, by the way, I can see a lot better now.
In the meantime, whilst sitting in the doctor’s office — but before the laserboarding treatment — my cell phone rang. It was PFC Pico. She had told me that she had to be at her unit at 8:00 PM today, and that her unit was going to Fort Dix for some sort of training. Well, turns out that she was supposed to be at her unit at 8:00 AM today. I thought that was why the military used military time, to prevent foul-ups like this.
The Army is being nice, and they came by and picked her up (just a few minutes ago). She is anticipating push-ups for this one; hopefully it will be fewer than a thousand.