Colleen Christmas, MD
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Christmas C.; Famous Last Words. Ann Intern Med. 2011;154:288. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-154-4-201102150-00012
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2011;154(4):288.
One of my very favorite patients died last night. I know that physicians are not supposed to have favorites, but everyone does. It's not all that dissimilar to being a parent. “I love you both equally, but for different reasons,” I often tell my 2 children. Mr. K. was a patient whom I truly enjoyed seeing every visit, and I will miss him tremendously.
It was “time,” for sure. He was 87 years old. When I first met him 5 years ago, he came to the office to establish primary care, carrying a large bag of old medical records and chocolates that he waited until the end of the visit to give me, so that he could determine first whether we would hit it off. He had a history of prostate cancer, diabetes, heart failure, hypertension, a pleural effusion of unclear cause, and on and on; however, he only recently had stopped playing golf because of new-onset chest pain and near-syncope whenever he exerted himself.
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