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In the space of one hour I have seen a pt. who will likely lose her leg due to infection and another who has metastatic cancer. My wife (she is a pediatrician) just flew to Florida to help my neighbors daughter who has taken a turn for the worse while waiting for a second liver transplant. I am alone with the kids although thank God for my in-laws who are really helping me out. Does anyone have any good news?
 

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You are home alone with the kids. Look each in turn in the eye, give them a great big hug, and tell them you love them. Let their unconditional smiles warm your heart. Before long it will warm your soul to the point where a smile of your own will bubble out. Don't stop it. Let it happen. And understand, as you do in your profession, that sometimes life isn't fair.
 

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Good news:<br><br>
My knees feel good even after 2 one-hour bike rides in 2 days.<br><br>
My dad will likely survive his ordeal.<br><br>
My wife and kids are healthy.<br><br>
I'm not facing foreclosure or unemployment.<br><br>
You have lots and lots of virtual friends sending you positive thoughts and reinforcement.
 

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You can only control what you can.<br><br>
As a health care worker I know how hard it is to see a patient get bad news. I have been with the same clinic for more than 10 years and I see the same patients 3 and 4 times a year. I know them well and sometimes they die and sometimes they get ill. It is a sad factor of life.<br><br>
You are in a position to see some good. You can tell a patient that is in pain that you can help, you can relieve their pain. You can tell or mend a bone so that someday a runner that has fallen will once again run. You have been given special powers, embrase the good.<br><br>
CS<br>
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Sorry to hear that, it seems like a lot to take in all at once. Thor is right - good news is that you are with your kids, and that's a lot to be thankful for.
 

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Thanks guys and Bannon that's good news about both your dad and your knees. Thor you are right! Unfortunately I have just made it home just in time to put them to bed the last two days since my wife left. Tonite I am getting home early for a family dinner and then if it is still light outside 2 on 2 basketball in the driveway. Then when they are asleep I will re-energize with a trainer session in the basement.
 

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That you, in your profession, help lots of people be much more stronger and healthier than they would be without your help and advice. That you're a wonderful example to your kids. Play with them, laugh with them. Explain this with them, so they can understand you more.
 

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You could save 15% on your car insurance!!!<br><br>
Ok... Well...<br><br>
Look, more people probably would have lost their legs or had other issues if you hadn't helped them out as their doctor. And how cool is that your wife can offer that kind of assistance to a neighbor and that you get to spend extra time with your kids!!<br><br>
(I have my moment too but I try to stay the optimist!)
 

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LRR you are right about my wife. This poor kid cannot catch a break. After her first transplant she did well only to find out she got Hepatitis C as a result of a transfusion. She has been battling this for several years. She was told here in Boston that she should relocate to FL because her chance of getting a transplant are much higher down there. She and her mom have been there for 2 months but her condition worsened this week. They called us Tues morning and my wife was on a 3:30 flight. It is so heart-wrenching to talk to my wife about all the up and downs of her medical condition. She really only has weeks at best unless she gets the transplant. She was my boys first babysitter. If you pray please keep Laura in your prayers.
 

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{{{RS}}}<br><br>
We all have those days, some more so than others. I can only commend those in your profession who deal with this day in and day out. It takes a very special person and a very special strength.<br><br>
Positive thoughts and healing vibes to Laura.
 

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Yes! I have great news!<br><br>
Two weeks ago a two year old little girl I know went in for brain cancer surgery. She was diagnosed over a year ago at 10 months old with <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ATRT" target="_blank">ATRT</a> and given 0% chance of surviving more than six weeks. After very aggressive treatment she's managed to hang in there and this was her surgery of last resort. It was likely she would not survive the surgery. Not only has she survived it but she's home today playing with her momma. The other day DW and my DDs went to see her and play. She's a miracle. She might even be the only baby to survive this. I certainly couldn't find any on the internet that had.
 

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Lots of hugs RS. Doctors are very special people, and for all the pain you feel for your patients makes you a better Doc. I would never want a doc that didn't care.<br><br>
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Lose the leg? Its only a leg. Could be her life. Good thing you caught the infection now, not later.<br><br>
Cancer? I know people with Leukemia who are supposed to be dead, they are not and are doing tris. Miracles happen EVERYDAY.<br><br>
Liver transplant? Weather is getting nicer by the day. A good weather weekend can skyrocket organ donations (not so good for the motorcylclists doing the donating) Sad but statistically true. That could happen at any minute. Keep the faith!<br><br>
{{{more hugs}}}
 

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Laura will be in my prayers as well as you and your family. I think everyone here has given you some positive vibes and things to think about. Be thankful you and your family are healthy. The health profession is really tough, but you also help people everyday (don't take that part for granted). My BIL is in med school (3rd year) and is seriously considering pediatric oncology. I could never do that, but there are some very special people who can! <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 
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