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Sitting in park


t was early afternoon on August 2, 2007.  I was 55.  Michael, who was sitting at a park table cattycorner to me, was also hit, indirectly, and was knocked down.  He was 54.  There was rumbling in the distance and intermittant light rain.  The lightning bolt was the only one in the several hours before and after the incident. 

There had been rumbling in the distance the entire day. After a couple of weeks, I developed insomnia which has been resistant to medication. I am easily fatigued by work and have short-term memory impairment. My foot still aches and tingles. As much as 7 weeks later, my neurologist was telling me not to go to work for at least 3 more weeks.