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Paco Garriga


“I claim not to have controlled events, but

confess plainly that events have controlled me.”

-Abraham Lincoln


He was almost eighteen; a tall, muscular, articulate boy who felt ready to leap into manhood.  His mother brought him in because he needed a checkup before his coach allowed him to play football.  He was a bit miffed that the rules had made him miss his first practice.

He had no symptoms.  Well, maybe a cold the past few days.  His throat felt sore.  He was on no medicine; he did not smoke; he had not used illegal drugs.

I asked him to sit on the exam table.  As soon as he opened his mouth I felt concerned.  He had thrush all over; something we only see in people who have recently taken antibiotics or whose immune systems are compromised.  Within five minutes I could see that this young man…

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