The blade cut smoothly through the translucent skin covering her eye. Little drops of blood bubbled up along the line of the incision.
Taking the forceps, I pulled back on the skin -- delicately, like peeling a grape -- reaching under with the scalpel to sever the connective tissue holding it in place. The nurse followed behind with an electrical bovie device to cauterize the bleeding vessels. It made a zapping sound -- like those gadgets that hang in the backyard to electrocute mosquitoes -- followed by a sizzle and the smell of burnt flesh.
"Yummy!" said Henning. "Barbecue!"
Henning was a first-year...