I knew my grandma Eleanor couldn’t have many years left. She was 96, and though her mind was unrelenting, she was increasingly physically frail. The last several years, I tried hard to savor every time I saw her or spoke with her on the phone. Do you know that feeling, when you know every conversation might be your last? Do you hold on to voicemails, just so you have a recording in case they die?
As the only doctor on her side of the family, I was my grandma’s default resource and advocate. But I also learned more about medicine from my grandma than from any rotation in medical school.
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Lipoff JB. Don’t Fear the Reaper. JAMA. 2019;322(10):929–930. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.12602
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