Thirty

The Before and the Aftermath

So Hugh Calkins had to “deal with the aftermath,” of having let trainees perform an unprecedentedly risky procedure. How he dealt with it, I don’t know. But I’m pretty sure his life went on just like before.

The aftermath dealt to Pam, however, constituted a whole different life for her. There was her life before, in the car on the way up to Baltimore, generally healthy and financially secure, an RN running her own business, telling me a joke, happy as she’d ever been.

After was disability. After was pain and pills and medical bills, anxiety and stress, doubt and depression.


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