When the knee remained painful, Herb’s mother took him to the family doctor. The doctor diagnosed the problem as a separation of the growth joint of the right knee and gave it a fancy name which Herb immediately forgot. The doctor stated that Herb could spend six months in bed and the growth joint might heal, or he could tape it and would probably have to use a cane for the rest of his life, and he would never be able to pass a military physical. Herb was afraid of what his sister, Nancy, would do to him if he spent six months in bed, so he taped his knee, hobbled about his business, and planned for a life without military service.
He threw away the cane and learned to get along without it. He planned his activities so he did not have to run. In time, much to his surprise, he did pass a military physical. According to the US Government, he was healthy.
Herb learned that there is a reason that doctors “practice” medicine. They still do not know all of the answers.
Herb learned to ignore the pain so he could focus on what he was doing. With time, he learned to ignore other distractions and continue with the task he was working on. He heard a Chinese proverb: “Any man who can concentrate for as much as three minutes on any given problem can rule the world.” He knew, if he so chose, he could rule the world, but that was not one of his goals in life. Considering current politics, maybe it should have been.