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August 20, 2008


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Dying seems to affect my life in threes.  So maybe it seems fitting that I tend to go into three-year-old mode when I am affected by the demise of another.  So far this week a wonderful forty year old internist at my hospital died of brain cancer and left behind an incredible wife and five small children.  His hospital ID and white coat were laid next to his golf clubs and soccer ball.  We will miss his quiet, competent demeanor in our hospital greatly.

A second passing was LeRoi Moore, the saxophonist of The Dave Matthews Band.  Not sure what the actual complication from the ATV accident he had earlier in the summer was, but it took his life which makes me think sepsis, pulmonary embolus, pneumonia.  Guess the post mortem exam will reveal the cause.  He was an amazing talent – hard to describe in mere words what kind of picture the man could paint with a horn.

Now waiting for the third life to pass on.  We Southerners like to use any manner of euphemisms for death.  Somehow it softens the blow to say someone has passed, left this world, kicked the bucket or checked out.  My internal three-year-old wants to know why.

Why did they die so soon? Why did they leave us?  Did they go to heaven?  Why them instead of me?  Why?

It’s always easier to leave than be left,” Matthews told the crowd last night at his concert in LA. 

Still my internal three-year-old asks, “Why?”  not content with Dave’s or anybody elses’s answer to the question.


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