Saturday, October 8, 2011

If Only David Were a Rat

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The inability to identify the etiology for some of David's ailments is as troubling and frustrating as the inability to control them. At one point a doctor who has been monitoring him mentioned that he had just seen a note that a colleague was threshing out the details of a newly (or poorly?) documented (potential) cause for one ailment and he promised to follow up on it.

I asked him about it at David's next visit and he informed me that the testing at this point is not yet in the human phase. "With rats," he commented, "it sometimes seems like there is nothing we can't test for or treat. If only David were a rat it would make things that much simpler."

(Thankfully that ailment is now finally under relative control, but the cause remains a mystery.)

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