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  • Sometimes I feel like life literally sucks the life out of me.

    One evening when my wife Mimi and I were waiting for CT scan results after she had checked herself into the Dallas Medical City ER we heard a man suddenly yell at the top of his lungs, “Why did you tell me that?!” Then he started screaming and crying hysterically. I peered out into the hall and saw several nurses and police officers running in and out of his room. The screaming continued for about 15-20 minutes, and I couldn’t understand what he was saying most of the time. At one point as loud as he could he screamed over and over, “it hurts! It hurts!”

    I saw a couple older men standing with the Dallas police officers around his room, they were wearing slacks and jackets, looked like they may have been detectives. My imagination went wild. Did he shoot someone? Did he get shot? Did he have an accident while doing something illegal and someone died as a result? His loud voice and apparent anger penetrated deep into my thoughts. There was something so sad and tragic about it all, the pain. Then suddenly he went silent; they had sedated him.

    When we arrived home I remember unlocking the dead bolt in our condo door and still hearing his screams in my head. I felt so drained and sad; I felt as if the life had been sucked right out of me. Hospitals are hard places to hang out at, and I try avoiding them as often as possible. It is in those deafening moments that I am reminded once again how fragile life is; how it can be here one moment, and in the next moment gone.
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