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A 20-something father falls apart, but for unexpected reasons.

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Spit flew from Sam’s mouth as he fought the handcuffs chaining him to the gurney. He swatted away a thermometer and strained against the blood pressure cuff. Eventually, a nurse calmed him enough to measure his vital signs. His blood pressure, temperature and heart rate were skyrocketing.

The nurse called me and a resident physician to his bedside. The 26-year-old was mumbling and shaking. His eyes darted and his body jerked at every loud noise in the busy ER hallway.

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