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Deep-vein thrombosis--a condition in which blood clots form in veins deep in the legs--can be lethal if a clot breaks away and travels to the lungs.
Eventually he breaks away from a life course that threatens to drive him mad, and marries a nursing student Abigail; yet as accustomed as he is to being an introvert, he must brave the difficulties of learning to love and express his feelings for God and his wife.