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Dear Audrey: Thanks For Your Letter. (Dr. Wright Writes.) *For Sarah T.*
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Wednesday, January 31, 2007

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*Sarah Tagert threw a monkey wrench into the works, and so I had to respond. Thanks, Sarah! :) This is for you; enjoy! :)*

Dr. Wright finds out that he may have a biological sister in Audrey Jackson, so he writes to her after receiving a letter from her.

Weds., January 31, 2007, Nashville, Tennessee, 10:15 a.m., C.S.T.~

Dear Audrey Jackson~

Thank you for your letter; I was quite shocked to get it. This comes as a shock; I thought I was an only child!

To tell you about myself, Audrey, I was born to Rheta and Charles Wright, and I was born with a serious neural tube defect that left my lower half paralyzed (mylomeningocele spina bifida) and left me relying on a wheelchair (or for shorter trips, Lofstrand crutches that end just below the elbow). I am married to Sarah (nee' Reese), and we have two little girls (Brooke and SueEllen) and a baby boy (Rheese Charles), who was born in December, so he is only about two months old, just a neonate. As for our girls, they are both adopted; we adopted them from China, and they have brought us much joy!

I am a licensed anesthiologist (work at Nashville Mem [Memorial] Hospital here in Nashville, Tennessee, where I live), and I enjoy my job; it is always a challenge, and no day is ever the same. My disability doesn't stop me, and it never has: mom and dad saw to that. They treated me as if I had been born normal, and they still do. In fact, I do many things despite my disability, as the photo attests: I golf, I write stories, poems, or articles about disability-related or medical issues, I read, I spend time with my wife and children when I am not working at the hospital, and I love to travel. In addition, I love to swim, go shopping, and exercise. For a guy who is physically disabled, I happen to be in great shape (but lately, my kidneys had been giving me problems; but thankfully I am over the worst of it!).

I have seen  many people over the years in my tenure as a doctor, but I enjoy my job, as I just stated above. People are always surprised to see this short, brown-haired guy on crutches taking care of them, but I tell them that I am as normal as they are, and I have had to work hard to be where I am at now. They see that I do my job well, and they eventually feel at ease when I try to quell their concerns prior to being put under anesthesia. Anesthesia can be tricky, but I know exactly what they are going through because I have had to "go under the knife" countless times, ever since I was a small child, even a baby. (I had my first surgery just hours after my birth; my last surgery was last year on my kidneys.)

We didn't think we'd ever have kids, but God brought us SueEllen and Brookie from China, and then Sarah had little Reese nearly two months ago, so my life is very full, complete with many blessings from God above. I don't know if you believe in God, but I do; I am a born-again Christian, and God has been very instrumental in my life, and I go to a wonderful, spirit-filled church every Sunday. We may adopt again when Reesie is a little older, but adoption, particularly international adoption, is very expensive, and we had to go to China to get our two girls. That was an adventure we will never forget as long as we live!

Please feel free to write back anytime. This is quite interesting, to say the very least; I am anticipating your take on my letter! I do hope to meet you in person one day, and I hope that you have as wonderful of a life as I have had! I hear you have had a lot of tough issues in the past.

God bless you, Audrey!

Most sincerely, Dr. Charles Wayne Wright, Jr., M.D., Nashville, Tennessee.

P.S.: So you write to Louisiana Sandusky. I happen to know her very well! She is the charge nurse of the day shift at Nashville Memorial Hospital; she is a godsend! :)



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Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 1/31/2007
Karen this is an amazing write as always, I enjoyed, I know Sarah must be tickled
God Bless
Reviewed by Mary Grace Patterson 1/31/2007
Your imagination is working in overtime Karen ! Well done ...M
Reviewed by Felix Perry 1/31/2007
The introduction of another character into your letter writing circle is like the introducing of a new star into a daily TV series always refreshing to hear of anothers life and lifestyle.

Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 1/31/2007
Another amazing write!!

love Tinka
Reviewed by H. Lena Jones 1/31/2007
Blimey, Karen, More characters? Wow! You are one heck of a letter writer, my friend. You have my respect. It takes me ages to write one letter...and then I have to make sure I keep a copy so I don't repeat myself in the next one :)
Anyway, I can tell we're in for lots of surprises as you develop this new character!

God Bless
Much love, Miss Amazing Letter Writer
Lena :)
Reviewed by E T Waldron 1/31/2007
Karen, you continue to amaze me! More characters, with such detailed profiles, I have no idea how you keep track of it all. Your illness didn't stop your brain from working overtime;-) God blessed you, and may He continue to do so always.

Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 1/31/2007
W O W, Karen, a twist I was not expecting! You took Sarah's idea and RAN with it (crutches and all)! EXCELLENT! I look forward further developments.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.

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