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On My Mind
September 7, 2009

Three’s Company

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2009;163(9):782. doi:10.1001/archpediatrics.2009.147

Grief is the agony of an instant, the indulgence of grief the blunder of a life.—Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881)

Two. Nine. Forty-three.

I winced as the numbers streamed through my consciousness.

Three cell lines down.

Twenty-two percent blasts.

Suddenly the small emergency department examining room felt suffocating, the parents staring at me while I reviewed the sheet of laboratory values they had brought with them. They waited.

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