In most cases, the presenting configuration is one of (a) consciousness, fixed and fully absorbed in (b) a stimuli-generating wound. Both members (a and b) of the system warrant preparatory attention. Accordingly, consciousness is unlimbered/unstuck by attending to the wound last while devoting serious, brow-furrowing attention to other parts. The wound is prepared by applying proparacaine 5% ophthalmic drops, after first placing a drop on the subject's hand or forearm: "Now, that may feel just cold, or nothing at all." Then, moving to the wound, "And I wonder how you will even know when it is all the way asleep?"
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