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Dreams diagnosing health conditions and specific illnesses. Not always sensibly, not always sanely... but often entertainingly, and, strangely enough, often right--sane or not.

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ANNABEL ROSE: by Emily Joy; 2006/12/14, a ghostbusting dream on... love? sex? what?
Edgar Allen Poe confronts his dead girlfriend, who wants to drag him into the grave with her...
CAUTION: HUNGRY GHOST, SEX TALK
ARCHANGEL: by Wayan; 1997/10/19, a dream-farce--or is it?
Sure I've been through hell, but how the hell did that get me elected archangel? And why's my butt itch?
CAUTION: ITCHY BUTT
THE ARTERIA: by Wayan; 1994/5/24, a raw, personal tale of three nightmares.
Hypnotherapy provokes nightmares of body-part shops, secret libelers, and madmen in space...
AWAKENING HURTS: by Wayan; 1993/7/4, a dreamtale.
An old friend's awakening from anorexic asexuality. Puberty at 30? And wait a minute... is she me?
THE AXE OF DEATH: by Catherine McDiarmid Paton; c. 1830, a grisly predictive nightmare.
She dreamt Death attacked her but her youngest daughters bravely fought back--and died. Three months later...
CAUTION: VIOLENCE
BACKACHE DIALOGUES: by Wayan; 1993/12/10, four bizarre diagnostic dreamlets.
I asked my dreams why my back hurt. They told me: pregnancy, marsupial pouches, snapping turtles...
BAD NANCY!: by "Nancy"; March 1985, a prodromal/diagnostic dream
A second me punches me in the breast. I fight back, yelling "Bad Nancy! Bad Nancy!" Five months later I find a malignancy...
BAGHEERA SUGGESTS LOVAGE: by Wayan; 1993/7/31, a Jungle Book dream
The panther in the Jungle Books was really female. I grew up with her cub...
THE BEES' ANSWER: by Wayan; 1994/8/2, a diagnostic dream.
A bee-doctor in the city of Propolopolis diagnoses me as having a rare syndrome, Ambition Denied...
BIKE FROM A BOMB: by Wayan; 1981/3/14, a bikemare.
Idiotically, I bet I can escape an atomic bomb on my bike. Maybe if I ignore stoplights...
CAUTION: IRRESPONSIBLE WEAPONS USE
BIRD-SENSE: by Wayan; 2013/7/20; a dreampoem on denied senses, provoked by an improvised Shakespearean play.
I dream I have sixth and seventh senses--and wake to realize I do! Just denied them, explained them away...
CAUTION: SHAKESPEAREAN HEFT
BLONDIE AND CRAZY: by Wayan; 1984/12/25, a warning dream
Quiet Blondie seemed sane enough, especially compared to her driven, talkative friend Crazy, until...
CAUTION: NUDITY, A LITTLE BLOOD
THE BOSS'S GUTS: by Wayan; 1993/6/3, a dream on health-sabotage..
Flu. Ow, cramps! But that night I dream of a miner's rebellion against our fat-cat boss. Which side am I on?
BOTH MOURN, BOTH DIE: by "J.H., Esquire", 1694/12/9, a double premonitory dream
J.H. dreamt both his mother and Queen Mary appeared in mourning. Within days, both were dying...
BRICK AND SKIN: by Wayan; 1988/10/18, a dream of spiritual stretching.
I'm analog myself, but in Tibet, I meet a digital shaman whose body's a sort of ...
BRUSHWOOD BELLY: by An the Black; Easter 1003, a bizarre predictive dream.
An dreams a scary woman pulls his guts out and fills him up with brush! He wakes, gets gutted in a feud, and then...
CAUTION: BLOODY VIKINGS!
CITY OF BEES: by Wayan; 1994/8/2, a diagnostic dream-comic.
A bee-doctor in the city of Propolopolis diagnoses me as having a rare syndrome, Ambition Denied...
CLAIRAGONY: by a Philadelphia woman, August 1951, a sympathetic heart attack with one crucial error in its ESP
I had a heart attack--but in minutes, it vanished! Then the phone rang. I knew at once my dying mother was gone. But...
CROSSTIME HEALTH RISK: by Wayan; 1999/7/23, a warning dream of parallel worlds.
A man learns to hop between time-branches, but like all transportation, this has epidemiological risks...
DEER AND SANDSTORM: by Wayan; 1993/3/17, a pre-fever dream.
I'm in a hotel by the Great Salt Lake . Deer roam the halls and lap at the drinking fountain...
MY DEWCLAW: by Wayan; 1997/6/30; dreams within dreams within dreams
Body after body is peeled away revealing truth inside truth...
CAUTION: GROTESQUE
DIAGNOSTIC BATTERY: by Wayan; 1988/4/20, a nightmare of sorts.
My sister's new guru tests me psychologically--only it looks like an engineer's test to destruction...
CAUTION: EMOTIONAL CRUELTY
DIPHTHERIA SPECK: by an Outback man; before 1961, a diagnostic dream with a tight deadline
I dreamed our physician said our son had diphtheria. When I woke, we found a tiny white spot in his throat. But by the time the doctor arrived...
DISEASE OF THE HEART: by Virginia Woolf; 1929/11/2, a false diagnostic dream--or is it?
I dream I have just six months to live. I go through a dozen phases and moods, preparing for death...
THE DREAMSUIT: by Wayan; 1992/7/12, a dream on unconscious programming.
An experimental helmet knocks me out. I'm groggy, miserable, till I learn what it did to others...
EIGHT ELFLOCKS: by Wayan; 2007/8/11, an absurd psychic sex dream.
First I learn strange sex positions from an abused elf and have calligraphic orgasms, then I, uh, turn on my stereo...
CAUTION: SEX, ESP, ANORGASMIA, PAST LIVES, ABUSE ISSUES
EMBER IN THE BRAIN: by Wayan; 1983/3/31, a dreamtale on anger.
I'm the Incredible Hulk, forced to do emergency brain surgery. And the patient's burning from within...
CAUTION: VIOLENCE AND UNLICENSED MEDICINE
ENGINE GENIUS: by Wayan; 2005/2/4, a health-warning dream.
At my mechanic's garage, a child prodigy rebuilds a car engine. Gawking, I nearly plow into the crowd...
FATHER LOOMS: by Wayan; 1983/?, a nonliteral diagnostic nightmare.
I was a 30ish woman discovering that my chronic pelvic inflammation was from childhood molestation...
CAUTION: MOLESTATION IN DREAM-PAST
FIGHTING A VIRUS: by Wayan, 1998/11/21, a diagnostic nightmare.
Coming down with a virus, I dream of a guy who INSISTS we must fight, it's just so FUN...
FILM STARS by Nancy Price; 1948, a surreal predictive/diagnostic dream
I'm a film actress, but the producer isnít happy with my legs, so make-up takes them away to be redone...
FIREBIRD AND MINOTAUR: by Wayan; 1996/9/29, 4 images; a diagnostic dreamtale.
I'm a cripple watching a sexy Greek Opera starring Whoopi Goldberg. Then I realize I'm in it...
HEART-SWING: by Havelock Ellis; c.1920? a dream-conversation with a heart
A young woman and I swing one another into the air. I asked her to swing me more slowly and regularly...
THE HEDGEHOG DISPENSARY: by Wayan; 440K, 27 watercolors, 2004/10/2, a dream of a furry ambitopia.
A rabbit shaman orders his apprentice to drape dead hedgehogs round her neck til she bleeds. Ow! Why? Well...
CAUTION: FURRY NUDITY, ABUSIVE MENTOR
HILLBILLY ECO-REVOLT: by Wayan; 1985/6/12, a diagnostic eco-dream.
A poor planet with one city. Urban technocrats and hick ecologists have conflicting development models...
CAUTION: TOO REAL TO BE FUN
I MIST MY SISTER: by Cory and Wayan; 212K, 1992/9/20; Cory's healing dream triggers one by Wayan.
My friend Cory's sore back is healed by a dream. So I ask for the same, and get this dream of incest...
CAUTION: KARMA, SEX/NUDITY, INCEST ISSUES
I TOSSED MUSIC: by Wayan; 1997/9/19, an advisory dream.
I asked my dreams "should I return to school?" They replied with this bizarre tale of sabotage...
CAUTION: VIOLENCE TO DUMB INSTRUMENTS
INDUSTRY'S SHORE: by Wayan; 2008/9/24, a dream poem; Dreamverse #30
In the hills above a polluted shore, I find hidden valleys with huge rare trees, and realize it's my choice...
JELLY REBELLION: by Wayan; 2008/8/19, a poem of a diagnostic dream, Dreamverse #9
I interview my own metabolism. Trouble in Cellville! I've got strikers and usurpers. But at least no invaders...
LATER IN THE DAY, WE'LL CROSS OVER: by Jenny Badger Sultan; 2009/7/16; a painting from the Box of Dreams
I know we will cross the water surrounding the heart of Jerusalem, but not yet...
LOSE YOUR TEMPER!: by Emily Joy; 2007/8/30, a tough-love dream.
My mom hires a therapist who really goes for my throat! Why is she so desperate to make me lose my...
CAUTION: OVER-THE-TOP CONFRONTATION
THE MAN WITH THE GUITAR: by Wayan; 233K, 7 illus., 1992/7/4, a psychic dream.
A volcano erupts in San Francisco! No human could survive the blast, but one researcher does--what IS he?
MIDNIGHT'S CHILDREN: by Wayan; 1992/9/5-6, a diagnostic dream.
I'm in a tribe of post-Crash kids with psychic powers, trying to keep nukes from rising again...
CAUTION: VIOLENCE TOWARD CHILDREN
MOA: by Wayan; 1995/9/9, a dream on assertion.
I was an avian Mr Niceguy with sore knees, till I got some advice from my supposedly extinct big brother...
MOLLY'S PROSTHETIC: by Wayan, 1994/9/22, a dream of handy advice.
My dad's new wife is a collie. Naturally, she wants a prosthetic arm. But she has no site to bind it to...
CAUTION: BREAST-OBSESSED BUSINESSMAN, DOG WIFE
THE MUMMY: by Wayan; 2003/10/13, a Rarebit Fiend nightmare.
A horror film and Rick Veitch's dream-comix provoke a nightmare warning me that guilt about my dad is wrecking my life...
THE NESS MAN, or, HOW TO HEAL: by Wayan; 50K total, 1994/4/13, a mythic dream.
Mythic creatures round a woodland pool want to heal a businessman. Do too many cooks spoil the soup?
NEW BODIES: by Dreamy; around 2007/1/25, a transformation dream
My best friend and I qualify for new bodies. The new me is taller, but poor Ken may take years adjusting to his new...
NO ONE'S OUT TO GET ME: by Wayan; 1993/12/14, a subtle nightmare.
I always thought learning no one's out to get me would be a GOOD thing...
NOT OUR HAWAI'I: by Wayan; 2008/8/20, a dream poem; Dreamverse #10
My sister & I swim round a weirdly shrunken Pacific, until, near Fiji, we blunder too close to the drain...
NOT THROES; RECOVERY: by Wayan; 2013/6/1, a telepathic, diagnostic dream
In a grassy depression, a small animal is thrashing. Death-throes? No. Calisthenics! But not under the animal's control...
THE OLD YOUNG MAN: by Anna Kingsford; 1880/2/21, a dream of a step-in soul
Malaria nearly kills a talented young artist; he must retrain from scratch. Why? Well, he's not exactly himself...
PARANOID HABITS: by Wayan; 1994/10/4, a diagnostic dream.
I dream a hypnotist elicits a personality who says he obliges my paranoia by giving me weird luck...
THE PEAK WHERE I DIED: by Wayan; 1983/1/16. A dark dream-comic.
I froze to death trying to climb an icy peak. But I try again, and this time, no holds barred. Wow, am I selfish! But alive...
I DREAMED MY PILLS WERE TAKING ME: by Wayan; 2004/3/13, a dirty lie.
A dream that'd explain why I quit taking Western medicines--(and why haven't you?) Only I didn't dream it. Just lived it.
PIXY CONCUSSION: by Wayan; 200K, 2006/3/25, six images; a diagnostic sex dream?
Janet's obsessed with a creepy guy, until her friend Kay--a pixy--decides to knock some sense into her cunt...
CAUTION: LANGUAGE, EMBARRASSING SITUATION, NASTY LOVE SPELL
THE PLAGUE-CURE: by Wayan; 1996/1/1, a diagnostic dream.
A quick, fatal, mosquito-borne plague. Humanity looks doomed till my friends come up with a folk recipe:
PLESIOSAUR: by Wayan; 1985/9/5, a medical dream.
An itchy patient of mine insists he's turning into a four-headed man-eating plesiosaur. He left one thing out...
POISONED!: by Wayan; 1994/6/20, three linked dreams.
Poison takes many forms, from attitudes to environmental by-products to actions done deliberately...
POWER OFF: by Wayan; 1997/6//17, a dream of brainwashing.
Captain Kirk (Starfleet, retired) saves us all from terrorists at a powerplant, but he forgot something...
PREEMIE; 1951/10/30 by an Oklahoma woman; a predictive dream
We were looking at our three-pound premature baby girl. Though tiny she was bright-eyed, active, perfect...
PSYCHO-EGG: by Wayan; 1994/8/31, a diagnostic dreamtale.
I'm shown a crystal egg with a model of my mind in it. The mapping is unmistakable. How embarrassing!:
THE RED SPHERE: by Madeline; 2006/12/13, twin (diagnostic? psychic?) nightmares
Calmly, I watch a girl trapped in a lab try to escape, and die; and watch a man lose his head to a hungry thing...
CAUTION: GRUESOME
SHARK SENSE: by Wayan; 1988/12/9, a diagnostic dreamtale.
I'm a circus tiger, then a performing shark. One day, I block my human partner's high dive... Why?
SHE CRASHES AND BURNS: by Wayan; 2005/5/7, a diagnostic nightmare.
I ask my dreams how to find love. I dream of a 1920s bohemian girl teasing stuffy folk. But her pranks turn dangerous, then deadly...
SLOW PARK FIX: by Wayan; 1996/9/24, a diagnostic dreamtale.
Infected glass-cuts scar the vegan alligators in the park. As part of a cleanup, I'm told to EAT one...
SNAKE PACKAGE: by Jenny Badger Sultan; 2007/5/27
I am given a dehydrated package of dried snake to insert in my vagina. Inside it will unfold and come to life...
CAUTION: KIDS, DON'T TRY THIS AT HOME!
STARFISH: by Marc Ian Barasch, c. 1985; a multileveled, doubly predictive dream
A sacred starfish piloting a Cessna plane survives a crash. But can it survive a boy's clumsy rescue efforts?
TAKE STOCK OF YOUR PELVIS: by Wayan; 1981/1/11, a symbolic not-quite-sex dream.
A friend, stockpiling for Armageddon, makes me see that I value something peculiar: the knowledge of...
CAUTION: LANGUAGE
THE TAKEOVER: by Lee Olivier; 2004/6/28, a triple diagnostic nightmare
An alien is taking over our world, and I feel so helpless that even when I wake I want to just forget the dream...
THE TAPED WOUND: by Wayan; 1997/10/7, a dream on old tapes...
My wound's taped up, but hurts bad. I peel off the bandage... nothing! Gone. So I check my other body...
THE TELLTALE HEART: by SAO (Shawn Allen O'Neal); 1970s, painting of a possible diagnostic nightmare
Onstage, high on a scaffold, I was beating the chaff off a huge seed, unable to stop. I was beating my own heart...
THYROID: by Marc Ian Barasch, c. 1985; a set of life-saving diagnostic nightmares
In 1985 I was flooded with nightmares about heads and necks. They had an unparalleled intensity...
THE TIGER'S THROAT: by Wayan; 1994/4/12, a psychic dreamtale.
I'm walking down a tiger's throat, but it's not what you think. Diagnosis! My friend suddenly couldn't roar...
TRUSTING FOXES: by Wayan; 175K, 2 big pp, 1997/8/20, a comic of a psychic dream.
A lawyer sends me a letter full of fox-girls! In Asia foxes mean trouble, but instantly I know they mean...
TV DEVIL FLU: by Wayan; 1994/10/24, a short dreamtale.
A "friend" gives me her TV. Turns out there's a small-minded devil in it who cheats on all his deals...
THE 1200-STEP PROGRAM: by Wayan; 1987/12/17, an illustrated dreamtale.
I'm climbing a tower, as my dad, Apollo, drunk, throws bottles at me from the top, breaking bones...
CAUTION: DENIAL ABOUT ALCOHOLISM
UNHAPPY CAMPERS: by Wayan; 1997/9/1, a stupid dream.
Since when is a dream of a disastrous camping trip a medical diagnosis? It depends on your pun-tolerance...
THE UNICORN MASK OF IGNORABILITY: by Wayan; 2009/10/13, a dream poem with sketch; Dreamverse #59
My family home's invaded by ancient Egyptian architects. So I put on my unicorn mask and eavesdrop on their plans...
VERITY'S WINGS: by Jenny Badger Sultan; 2009/8/21; a dreampainting from the Box of Dreams
My friend Verity's given a beautiful set of wings. I feel envy--until I consider what angel wings can imply...
WEAVING MATS: by Jenny Badger Sultan; 2009/3/15; a predictive dreampainting from the Box of Dreams
In a camp, women wove mats. I was tempted to try. But it was months until I learned what they'd really been weaving..
WELL-MEANING GRASS: by Wayan; 1982/5/17, a diagnostic Trek dream.
On a world of designer genes, the Prime Minister tries to kill the Bug Princess by deluding an innocent lawn...
WHO SHATTERS?: by Wayan; 1995/6/18, a cryptic culinary dream.
When bent, some dried noodles shatter. The strands have auras like mine! Parts of me? Or are they...
WILL I BE BITTEN?: by Jenny Badger Sultan; 2009/3/15; a predictive dreampainting from the Box of Dreams
A friend who's struggled with lymphoma invites me to sleep in a cave, but I worry I'll be bitten by a rattlesnake...
WIZARD GIZZARD: by Wayan; 1996/8/5, a diagnostic dream.
I have a tummy ache. Our local wizard says "no wonder, with fascists occupying your colon"...
CAUTION: TREATMENT NOT A.M.A.-APPROVED
YOGA SAINT: by Wayan; 2010/12/4, a disturbing diagnostic dream
I wanted a dream on my recurring headaches & bellyaches. I meet my illness--a yogic saint who punishes jokers, flirts and cynics for their worldliness...


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