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The Missing Valentines Day Card

Posted by Orestes Gutierrez, D.O. on Friday, February 17, 2023, In : Death of a Loved One 

On Valentine’s day several years ago, something strange happened. There were three cards in my mailbox. One for my wife Pam and my two daughters. There was no Valentine’s day card for my son and me.

I wrinkled my brow and thought how curious my son and I are feminists and we practice Bhakti yoga. Who would send my girls a card and not one for me and my son? Then I realized the cards were coming from Mickey, my father-in-law. I think to myself, how could Mickey send these Valentine day card...

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Divot On My Heart

Posted by Orestes Gutierrez, D.O. on Wednesday, October 12, 2022, In : Death & Dying 

As Charlie’s heart failure worsened, his twig-like fingers searched over his chest and he asked, “Doc, can you show me where my heart is?” Confused, I pointed just left of his sternum and inquired, “Why do you ask?” He explained he feels like he is drowning and uttered “I grew up on a farm Doc and if things get worse a shotgun to the heart is quick, but can be messy!”

Charlie appeared younger than a man in his late 80s, white trimmed beard, crystal blue eyes and a baseball cap. A...

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Orestes Gutierrez, D.O. Board Certified in Family Medicine and Integrative Holistic Medicine. Author and All American Masters Runner.