Marfan Syndrome, Ctd

Andrew Sullivan —  Jun 12 2009 @ 1:11pm

A reader writes:

Maybe I'm missing something, but your correspondent's timeline seems off.  Bill Frist wasn't elected to the Senate until 1994, and probably wouldn't have graced its halls until 1995.  So there's no way that this fellow's youngest son could be 16 — he would have had to have been born in 1993.

The correspondent responds:

The commenter is right. I mixed up two Senate medical dramas of my wife's in telling the story.

It was the Senate Attending Physician who put my wife in an ambulance in October 1992. I may have overdramatized it because of what I recall most from her telling of the tale–when they'd gurneyed her up and rolled her out to Constitution Avenue, she was amazed to see Capitol Police has stopped all traffic, both directions, on Constitution. Apparently even the lowly Attending Physician of the Senate has those powers.

To be accurate that sentence should read, "She was walking down the hallway in the Senate, where she worked, when a sudden intense back pain caused her to fall – luckily, the Attending Physician of the Senate came immediately, and he diagnosed the pain as an aortic dissection and got her to Georgetown."

It was a few years later, in the spring of 1995, when my wife was back at work, that a constituent fell almost exactly where she had fallen in 1992 in the hallway of the Dirksen building outside their offices, and my wife, with a ringside seat this time, saw the office manager run out and perform CPR, then tell the receptionist to "run down the hall and get Senator Frist" who came and performed the same service for this constituent that the Attending Physician of the Senate performed for my wife a few years earlier.

Never a dull moment.