Like A Surgeon


I read a book as a child. I summed it up and added a few details.

“Mr. Weston the doctor will see you now.” The nurse hung up the intercom.

Even though Sam was really nervous, he started to laugh at the fact that the lady called him Mister. That was his Dad’s name.

It was October 31, 1973, and 9 year old Sam Weston was in the hospital, about to go into surgery. He had to have his tonsils removed.

He followed his parents to the doctor’s office in the back of the hospital.

“Alright son.” said the Doctor. “Whoops, my mistake. I was told a 9 year old named Sam was coming here for surgery. You’re as big as I am.”

Sam laughed. “I’m only nine!” He thought it was hilarious that the entire hospital thought he was an adult.

The doctor checked his clipboard. “Hah! Tonsil surgery? Is that what your parents said you were scared of? Let me tell you something Mr. Weston, tonsil surgery is not scary at all. It won’t hurt but just for a second. Have you ever fallen on your knees?” Sam nods. “Well it’s about as painful as that. I had my tonsils removed when I was your age. Nothing to be scared of.”

Sam felt a little bit better.

“Uh oh. Looks like we have some news. We don’t have the tools for your special case. We traded them in for some new and improved tools, but they have yet to arrive. What we are going to have to do is keep Sam here over night, and get some equipment from the hospital in Memphis. When they arrive, we will do the surgery. He’ll probably be asleep when it happens, so that means no pain.”

Sam sat quietly while his parents sorted out all the details. They checked Sam into his room and left to the waiting room, where they would stay until Sam’s surgery.

The nurse helped Sam into his bed, and got him a juice. He looked over to the right and saw another little boy. “Hi I’m Sam. But you can call me Sammy.” The boy didn’t move an inch.

Sam looked at the nurse for some help, she whispered to him. “Tommy’s very upset. He’s got a big surgery tomorrow.” She saw Sam’s interest and whispered even quieter. “They have to cut off his foot.”

“My name’s not Tommy.”

The nurse looked sad.

A few minutes passed, Sam was drawing in his coloring book. The nurses had left so he could sleep.

Tommy looked over at Sam. He pointed to a comic book Sam had on the bed.

“Spider-man is my favorite.”

“Mine too!” Sam then tried to shoot a web at Tommy’s face. Tommy looked at him.

“What are you here for?”



With that, Tommy turned over.

A few minutes passed by in complete silence. Tommy broke it.

“Do you like to sleep?”

Unlike most kids, Sam loved to sleep. He thought that the quicker he slept the more he could play the next day.

“Yeah! My mom tries to wake me up for school, but I can’t ever hear her. She always says I could sleep through an earthquake.”

Tommy turns out the light and turns around. Sam takes the hint.

Sam has a bad dream that night, he dreamed his was falling down a big hole, and then he hit the bottom. His legs broke when they hit, and he was suddenly in bed at the hospital.

“We have to cut it off”….
“Sorry Sammy”..
“Mr. Weston the doctor will KILL YOU NOW.”

He then sees a small boy with a clipboard in his hand. The boy picks up the clipboard at the end of Sam’s bed, and places it on his bed. He swaps them. Sam is scared for a moment and screams.

He wakes up. Tommy is sound asleep. It was all a dream.

Sam then goes back to sleep.


“Quick. We need to get this kid on some Anesthesia.”

Sam wakes up. He is being rushed down the hallway in the hospital. The lights flicker above him. Sam looks at the surgeons, he hasn’t seen them before.

Sam realizes this is it, he’s about to get his tonsil’s out. His parents said he could have ice cream afterwards.

Sam thinks about what kind to get when one surgeons pushes through the door to a room with one chair in it.

“Ok Tommy. Put on this mask, it’ll help you fall asleep.”

Sam is shocked. “My name’s not Tommy.. It’s Sam.”

One surgeon checks the clipboard. “It says Tommy right here son.”

He was right. Sam looks down and sees the name Tommy Whitton.

“My name’s not Tommy! It’s Sam!”

“Yeah, they said you would say that.” The surgeon puts the mask on Sam.

Sam is freaking out. His screams become silent as the gas makes him sleepy.

He has one last glance up the hallway. Tommy is standing outside the door, smiling.

Sam cries as he falls asleep.

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  • Commented on May 16, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    This pasta was very delicious.

  • Commented on May 17, 2013 at 11:53 pm

    Oh my god that poor kid! delicious pasta. omnomnom.

  • Commented on May 20, 2013 at 9:31 pm


  • Commented on May 22, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    Indeed. A good brake from boring ones.

  • Dog
    Commented on May 24, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    I call a toast to honor this moment! Champagne, anyone?

  • Commented on May 31, 2013 at 10:07 pm


  • Commented on June 5, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    Perfect pasta~

  • Commented on June 6, 2013 at 12:36 am

    I think this is originally from a short story collection by R.L. Stine, I could be wrong since I read it years ago.

  • Commented on June 12, 2013 at 5:24 am

    Thats so screwed and makes me worried about hospitals ._.

  • Commented on June 22, 2013 at 9:53 am

    Was this pasta based off an R. L. Stine story? Good pasta, nonetheless!

  • Commented on June 25, 2013 at 4:44 pm


  • Commented on July 14, 2013 at 10:40 pm

    This made me freak the hell out .

  • Commented on July 28, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    and then sams parents sued the hospitol and won for malpractice and sam got an awesome robofoot and used it to stop tommys ass in tommy died shortly after due to the infection on his foot that was never removed

  • Commented on August 12, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    Thanks for all the positive feedback! I really did not expect this.

    Yes, the idea is from an old story I read. I don’t think it’s R.L. Stein, but it could be. I used to love R.L. Stein, although the dialogue and characters were mine.

    If you guys want, I might could make another original one.

  • Commented on August 12, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    I forgot one thing. The character Tommy is named after a good friend of mine.

  • Commented on August 12, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    MMMMMMMM! Yummy yummy yummy!

  • Commented on August 28, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    Man even without a foot I’m still kicking that kid Tom’s ass.

  • Commented on August 28, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    Don’t get me wrong its good.

  • Commented on October 16, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    Wow. This is the best pasta I’ve read in a while!
    Tommy needs a good beltin’, that’s for sure.

    Thumbs up 🙂

  • Commented on October 16, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    Poor Sammy very good pasta could use a little bit more salsa omnomnom

  • Commented on November 2, 2013 at 1:11 am

    Me at the end – TOMMEH!!!!!! ERMa KILL YOOOOUOUUUU lol Tommi was a jerk….

  • Commented on June 12, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    Thank you, groundzero, for that lovely ending.
    Now I can rest in peace knowing some kid doesn’t have a foot.

  • Commented on July 19, 2014 at 11:41 pm


  • Commented on September 28, 2014 at 10:29 pm

    Darn you Tommy Whitton.

  • Commented on October 3, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    0_0 I thought it was going to be a twist ending. Like Sam was actually an older man who was born with a type of mental retardation and though he was nine when he was actually like 30. Still good though.

  • Commented on March 31, 2015 at 7:20 pm

    That plot twist was really unexpected thought something else would happen…….but good pasta nice and tasty.

  • Commented on April 17, 2015 at 2:12 pm

    That made me really freaked out. Delicious

  • Commented on May 17, 2015 at 5:05 am

    I actually watched an episode of R.L Stines’s The Haunting Hour , and it was exactly the same, save for the names and ages.

  • Commented on May 29, 2015 at 3:41 pm

    Yummmyyy! Very good.

  • Commented on June 5, 2015 at 12:09 pm

    it was a lot of wonder it had a weird ending but it was good

  • Commented on August 17, 2015 at 5:56 am

    hehehe Madonna puns

  • Commented on August 28, 2015 at 7:42 pm

    Whoa. I wonder if that ever happened at a hospital. I hope mankind isn’t that mean.

  • Commented on October 4, 2015 at 4:14 am

    I knew that dream wasn’t actually a dream! Maybe Sam had that dream at the same time Tommy was switching his clipboard. Sneaky little bastard! But great story SaneButStrange!

  • Commented on May 4, 2016 at 3:26 am

    Fuck yes to the first comment haha but yeah this was awesome, I loved it but it also made me so sad at the end!! Five stars for sure!!!

  • Commented on October 15, 2016 at 12:45 pm

    Fucked up And good

  • GFY
    Commented on November 7, 2016 at 10:01 am

    Man talk about a couple millions in a malpractice lawsuit but I’d settle out of court if they surgically implanted my foot up his ass

  • karlie
    Commented on December 16, 2016 at 1:24 pm


  • Yandere-San
    Commented on April 4, 2018 at 6:52 pm

    Like A Surgeon Hey Cuttin For The Very First Time! Good Pasta 15/10

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