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A Second Opinion?

by Adam Ehlert on Friday, Sep 17, 2021

“But I don’t want to upset my doctor. I really don’t know what to do.”

I could empathize with my friend. Boy, could I empathize. Over and over, I was full of empathy.

My friend was really pretty happy with his provider. He’d been a loyal patient for years, but with a recent development, was not getting accountable answers. No progress, no consistency, no plan forward. He was frustrated. Beyond that, he was frightened. His wife was even more frightened, and now after months of wheel-spinning, had to shoulder more of the burden herself. They were both frightened, both wearied.

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Relearning Perspective

by Adam Ehlert on Wednesday, Sep 23, 2020

I didn’t get it.

I was waking up from an electrical cardioversion to “fix” my (first bout of) atrial fibrillation. The doctors were kindly telling my wife and me that I had an atrial septal defect (ASD). My head was foggy, and it didn’t frighten me then. But as we waited and watched my arrhythmias before the ASD could be repaired, I was scared. I was worried.

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