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2. The man who was allergic to oxygen

What do you breathe on your planet, then? Methane?

He swore he was allergic to oxygen. Given that he wasn’t ventilating properly and needed a face mask, it took some creative embellishment to get him to actually accept treatment. I think I ended up telling him that the gas was mostly nitrogen.

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Agatha Lellis is a nurse whose coffee is brought to her every morning by a chipmunk. Bluebirds help her to dress, and small woodland creatures sing her to sleep each night. She writes a monthly advice column, "Ask Aunt Agatha," here on Scrubs; you can send her questions to be answered at

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