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Care Community

Outside the hospital

As you step out of the carriage, the sun greets you with a warm glow. It is a perfect day for a walk, so you amble along the well-worn trail in front of you. Up ahead, you can see a series of buildings complete with a playground and benches. Noticing a sign with a caduceus, the universal symbol for medicine, you surmise that the building must be a clinic of sorts. With the sun shining lovingly on your back, you decide to stroll in that direction.

Taking in the beautiful day, you are barely paying attention to where you are going. Suddenly, you stumble over a rock, landing on your left knee. Ouch! Immediately your knee begins to throb, and you sit down on the side of the path with a sigh. Frustrated, you notice a woman approaching on the trail and give her a friendly wave.

“Oh dear!” she exclaims as she bustles up to you. “We need to get you to the clinic. I was just heading there myself. Do you think you can walk?”

“I think so,” you reply. “It doesn’t seem to be that bad. I think I can carry on.”

Giving you a gentle but still reproving look, the woman says, “Tut, tut, tut. We shouldn’t take any chances. You can lean on me, and I’ll support you until you get to the clinic where we can check this out.”