Thursday 9th September 1993 Morning surgery 10:40

“When did your father die, Carys?”
“It was on the 16th September 1991, Dr Lewis. Next Wednesday, it will be two years exactly.”
“He died of lung cancer, didn’t he?”
“Yes, he did.”
“Was he in a lot of pain?”
“He was in terrible pain.” Cerys looked worried. “Do you think this pain could be due to lung cancer?” She rubbed the right side of her chest.
“Not at all. What I am trying to say is that, if you have lost someone very close to you, it is not unusual to feel unwell when the anniversary of their death approaches. We see it quite a lot.”
“With the same symptoms?” Carys looked puzzled.
“It can be the same symptoms but not always.”
“I don’t think I’m getting this pain because my father died.”
Dr Lewis looked down at Carys’ notes. “You came to see me in September last year. You had pain in the right side of your chest then.”
“I don’t remember that.”
“It’s in your records. I presume that that pain soon got better.”
“It must have.”
“It sounds like you are getting a similar pain now.”
“It’s not imaginary. It’s too severe.”
“Well, I don’t think it is anything serious. Your heart sounds fine and your chest is clear. It could be muscular. I think it will settle down in the next week or two.”

When did your father die?