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Primrose Journey

  • David B. Hellmann
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    Requests for reprints should be addressed to David B. Hellmann, MD, MACP, Department of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Bayview Medical Center, 5200 Eastern Ave, Mason F. Lord Bldg, Center Tower, Room 353, Baltimore, MD 21224.
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    Department of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Md
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Published:November 10, 2022DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.amjmed.2022.10.016
      About 8 weeks after Clare died, now 10 years ago, her husband, Keith, e-mailed to ask if he could come see me. I agreed to his request immediately and looked forward to seeing him. For 24 years, I had had the privilege of caring for Clare and helping her and her family navigate the myriad health challenges caused by her Takayasu arteritis, including 5 cardiac valve replacement surgeries and 25-plus medical hospitalizations. In the more than 100 times that I had seen Clare in the office or in the hospital, I had almost never seen her without Keith. The clinic staff became so accustomed to notifying me about the arrival of both Clare and Keith that they began to pronounce their names as a single run-on name (clareandkeith) with 3 syllables. Keith made sure Clare was never alone.
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