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A Piece of My Mind
April 23/30, 2014

Decisions

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Anesthesiology, JFK Medical Center, Edison, New Jersey
JAMA. 2014;311(16):1613-1614. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.3069

There are no events but thoughts and the heart’s hard turning, the heart’s slow learning where to love and whom. The rest is merely gossip and tales for other times.

Annie Dillard, Holy the Firm

It’s the same routine every time. I hesitate a moment before I enter my son’s room to go over his homework. By now, Richard has had his afternoon nap and should be rested. I remind myself I must be patient, that what happened was not his fault and that I must help him any way I can. This is the aftermath of a traumatic brain injury sustained a brief 3 years earlier, when Richard was 10.

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