These are my parents. This photo was taken in May 2017 exactly 2 weeks before my father almost died of septic shock. Despite their age and physical limitations, my parents had traveled alone from California to Wisconsin for a family wedding. At this point, my father had already survived numerous health crises. Two weeks after this family wedding, my father had his gallbladder removed. Two days later his fever spiked and his blood pressure fell. We all thought we’d lose him. To better understand this story, I need to go back a few years.

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