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On My Mind
April 05, 2010

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Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Department of Pediatrics, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona.

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2010;164(4):310. doi:10.1001/archpediatrics.2010.18

I walked through the waiting room to enter the clinic. Though I was early, Mrs Y was there already, with her daughter Letty sitting beside her and her son Carlos in his wheelchair. The waiting room was otherwise empty.

Mrs Y saw me, smiled, and said, “Hello.” She had few teeth left and wore old clothes. Her graying hair was tied in a bun. Letty, now about 15 years old, smiled as well, and Carlos seemed to move his whole body at once, stretching everything, rattling the wheelchair, making a happy noise.

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