Mystery and Crime Fiction posted May 15, 2018 Chapters:  ...14 15 -16- 17... 

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Dothan faces the truth.

A chapter in the book Dothan


by Thomas Bowling

The doctor came to see Dothan. 

“The nurse told me you had a restless night. Would you like some sleeping pills?”

Dothan ignored the question. “I've been fooling myself haven't I, Doc? I'm never gonna walk again.”

Doctor Boyd weighed his answer. “Probably not.”

“You're the only one who has been honest with me.”

“The others have been honest. It's just that they want it so badly that they need to believe it. They need to go through their own process of acceptance just as you do.”

“I keep havin' pain in my legs. How long will I have phantom pain?”

“Unfortunately, the pain will come and go for the rest of your life. It's a cruel irony that the only sensation you can feel in your legs is pain that isn't there. Don't get me wrong, the pain is real, but it's not what you think.”

“You just rained on my parade. You know, mornings are the worst time for me. In my dreams, I can walk. It always takes a few minutes for it to sink in that this is my life now.”

“You can still lead a fulfilling life. Many people have accomplished more after paralysis than before. A good example is Charles Krauthammer. You may be familiar with him. He's a political contributor on FOX News.”

“I didn't know he's paralyzed.”

“A lot of people don't. He was injured during his first year of medical school at Harvard. He and a friend were swimming. He dove into the pool and hit his head on the bottom. The book he had been reading was open to the section on the anatomy of the spinal cord. The other book he had with him was Man's Fate by Andre 
Malreux. It's a book about living with tragedy. He said he knew immediately what had happened and that he would be a quadriplegic for the rest of his life. He would have died at the bottom of that swimming pool, but his friend rescued him.”

“I guess there are some people that overcame more than I'll have to.”

“Yes, and they lead productive lives. I wish I had better news for you about the pain you're experiencing. I know it's hard to take, but things will get better for you. You'll learn to live with this. You don't have a choice. Experience has taught me that whatever the circumstances, things have a way of working out. Are you a Christian?”


“That's good. Faith will see you through this. My wife and I pray for all of my patients.”

“Doc, one more question. Why can't I remember what happened to me?”

“The mind has a self-preservation mode. Sometimes, traumatic events are blocked from our memories for a time. On the other hand, there may not be anything to remember. You passed out immediately. You didn't see the man who shot you. That may be all there is.”

“But I must have parked the car and got out. I can't even remember that.”

“Perhaps you will in time. It may come to you in flashes or dreams. You may wake up one day and remember everything. Don't rush it. Let it come when it does.”

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