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when I started this board I really thought I could use it as a sort of backwater diary that no one would visit. It's really be fun to see more than a few folks put their two cents in here. Today, I'll use it for an original intention.

25 years ago, when I fist came back to my home town, I saw a nice lady who was very anxious and tearful. Short conversation and off she went with some valium. About a year later... same thing. Year later, same thing. I think it was six or eight years into this cycle that I realized there was a real pattern here. Every fall she'd come in. It turned out that about 25-30 years earlier something happened. She had two boys. The eight yo old got his foot stuck in a railroad track. Other boys who witnessed the thing said the 12yo old refused to leave or even let go of his brother. It was a very unhappy ending. I saw this particular lady every fall for a good 20 years. Finally she went to the nursing home but still had those autumn breakdowns. She died last night. I've seen some crummy deals and gone throught some tough personal times in my 30 yrs of doctoring but somehow that lady and those two boys affected me more than most. Ever since I've known about her, when I have a hard time my thoughts go to her. She was a good soul... I am so grateful... that right now the main thing I have to worry about is if ACUS will ever work out. I'm sure we all have tales to tell... but today, in memory of a good soul gone on...

I'm just gonna write this down and be grateful for undeserved good health, a gorgeous wife, and a bunch of healthy kids.
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