“The key to keeping your balance is knowing when you’ve lost it.”
“Can you read that?” I asked. “Because I sure can’t.”
The doctor looked up from the prescription he’d been scribbling.
“No, but I’m hoping the pharmacist can figure out what it says.”
I started laughing, and then I started coughing.
“This should help with that cough,” he said, handing me the slip.
“So you’re telling me I’m going to live,” I said, catching my breath.
The doctor was busily scribbling additional notes on his clipboard.
“You’ll live,” he said without looking up, “but you’re going to have to slow down.”<...
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