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On My Mind
June 7, 2010

Doctors Without BordersJudiciously Playing the Crash Card in the Examination Room

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Author Affiliation: Merrimack Valley Child & Adolescent Health, Haverhill, Massachusetts.


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Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2010;164(6):506. doi:10.1001/archpediatrics.2010.87

Doctors have unwritten rules when it comes to our interactions with patients. We like to keep our cards pretty close to the vest. For the most part, we don't share personal stories about ourselves.

But what if something in my family's personal experience could serve as a wake-up call to yours? What if telling you what I’ve been through could save you from the same fate?

Six years ago my son Neil was hit by a drunk driver while walking his girlfriend home after a study date. His girlfriend did not survive her injuries. Neil carries his with him to this day. His broken leg took 2 surgeries and months of physical therapy to fully repair. His traumatic brain injury left him with memory loss, concentration difficulties, and depression. He took antiseizure medication for weeks and antidepressants for years. He sees a therapist to this day.

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