There are those who say we live in Hicksville. There are even those who say we’re hicks. I had my Hickman catheter inserted today. The procedure was very quick and easy. They gave me a mellow drug that put me in a state of conscious sedation. I was drowsing comfortably but still could hear everything going on around me. I could feel nothing due to a liberal local dose of lidocaine. I just lay there peacefully with my eyes closed, not a care in the world. The only hard part was that they made me wake up in recovery instead of letting me have the nice long nap I craved after having to get up at 5 a.m. today.