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February 10, 2012
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An everyday medical miracle

It's 4 a.m. and I hear a knock at the door. It's Bill Miser, friend and driver, who will take me to Sierra Surgery Hospital for my hip replacement procedure. Bill flew helicopters for the L.A. Fire Department for 30 years before settling in Smith Valley. Now, he drives anyone who wants a ride, or moral support, to the hospital. I need both.

Bill and I check in at the front desk at the hospital. It's 5:30 a.m. Paperwork done, I'm soon sitting in a pre-op cubicle wearing a tragically revealing, open-in-the-back gown. A young nurse is preparing me for …

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