Dr Blazing's Prognosis

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I had a routine appointment with my primary care physician Friday past. I must not have looked at all well.

After checking with DUMC admissions and not finding a hospital bed available my doctor, told me to go to emergency room and stay until they managed to admit me. After four hours I was beginning to wonder if I should just give up and go home. Thankfully I finally heard someone call out for “Richard Evans Lee.”

The Duke ER staff was able and kind but I was really just in a holding pattern waiting to be put in the hands of the cardiologists.

Though a feat of biological legerdemain I hadn’t imagined possible. I’d put on twenty pounds in less than two weeks. Imagine how much food that would require. My body stores fluid with suicidal ruthlessness.

Dr. Blazing - the doctor in charge of me this time - was urbane, affable and with kind coolness frank. In an excess if sentimental folly I’ve greatly diminished my hope of being alive a year from now.

I haven’t broken down in tears. Yet. Listening to a favorite song from childhood seemed like it would summon them but didn’t. (Who knew young Andy Williams was such a cutie.)

Yes, thanks, I’m going to be as careful as possible.

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Ouch. I am truly sorry to hear this.

On a more positive note, I have known several people who seemed for years as though they would die imminently and yet lived quite a long time with reasonably good health.

Do what the doctors tell you.

Gordon mentioned a neighbor of his who managed to live long past the prophecies.

Hopefully if I’m sane enough I’ll insure a longer life for myself.

Always good to hear from you.

of all the people i know, you seem to be a person who has the most detachment to overcome numbers.

what can i getcha?

of all the people i know, you seem to be a person who has the most detachment to overcome numbers.

what can i getcha?

A time machine. Then I could have met you instead of Charles.

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