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August 11, 2012
YOUR HEART SOUNDS fine.

— It does? I don’t feel a beat.

I just listened to it. Do you want to borrow my stethoscope?

— Yes. [...] I don’t hear anything.

Well, I can assure you it’s beating. Seventy BPM.

— OK.

You don’t “feel” it, you said?

— Right. Hear or feel.

Well, your ear canals are clear, but there could be something happening with the middle ear, or maybe the nerves... What do you mean, you’re not feeling a heartbeat?

— Like in my chest. Or, like, a pulse.

Very strange.

— Plus... Is this normal? [Lifts examining table]

Uh, no. That’s unusual. Be careful.