The New Paradigm



By telling our stories and sharing our loss, it is my belief we will all feel a sense of recognition, acceptance and validation for what we are going through now, or in days past or in days yet to come. Some experiences are universal, even when the details are not. 

I’ll begin by telling you the story of my son’s death.

Mason had recently moved to Houston from Austin and had not yet chosen a local primary care physician or dentist. When a crown became loose, he chose a dentist close to his home and made an appointment to be seen a few days later. What should have been a quick procedure to reattach the crown, became a lengthy and costly one when the dentist unwisely decided to do full-mouth debridement during the same visit. With that decision, Mason’s death was set into motion. The bacteria that had accumulated under the crown while loose was forcefully introduced into his bloodstream and caused the following devastating, life-threatening conditions that eventually cost him his life; gram negative sepsis, Lemierre’s Syndrome, liver failure, kidney failure, fusobacterium endocarditis, ARDS (acute respiratory distress syndrome) and stroke.  Mason spent three weeks in one of the best hospitals in the country, intubated, sedated, paralyzed and fighting for his life.  He passed shortly before his 35th birthday without ever regaining consciousness. Our son had been healthy and happy, full of love and life, with his future spread before him like a feast. Or so it had seemed.

Take a young man, in the prime of his life, add a poorly-timed procedure, likely motivated by greed, and the result is his death. Where do we go from here? What do we do with the anger? What do we do with the hurt? How do we live with the loss?

We begin by taking the first step on the grieving path.



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