As the current Speaker of the House of Delegates, I probably should be writing an article about parliamentary process or governance issues in our society. I have done just that many times before, and I will probably do it next year. But this year, I decided to write a more personal story. I hope you find it interesting and that it moves you to congratulate yourself for the incredible work you do every day.

It was the same.

Actually... no. It was totally different. I have personally given, or supervised the administration of, over 30,000 anesthetics during my career. But this one was going to be different, because the patient was me.

I woke up and went into the hospital early that Saturday morning. I was on OR call and had a full schedule of “emergency” cases to do. I started having some abdominal discomfort mid-morning but did not...

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