A Piece of My Mind Section Editor: Roxanne
K. Young, Associate Editor.
"You won't believe it when you see him," the nurse declared as she handed
me his chart. "He's a new person!" As I enter the examination room, I can
see what she means. Chris is animated and cheerful as he greets me, while
helping his 5-year-old daughter climb onto his lap. He answers questions confidently,
asserting that he feels back to his normal self in terms of his thinking,
energy level, and appetite. He admits that his wife, Diedra, still observes
some subtle personality changes. Her employment prevents her from accompanying
Chris today, but he offers her report with a shrug of his shoulders. She perceives
him as "not voicing opinions" as readily as he did in the past. Chris seems
unsure about this, but unperturbed. Certainly he has no recollection of most
of his long illness over the past year. It is as if it all happened to someone
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