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24 Hours to Live: Danny V. Nguyen

Although the past few weeks have been awash in quintessentially Vegas festivities, I must plead the fifth for this entry: “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.”

Instead, I wish to discuss the end of the world. Many suns and moons ago, the Mayans predicted an apocalyptic end on December 21, 2012. That’s tomorrow. I have been fortunate enough to be a fourth year when this happens, to be able to enjoy life outside the books. However, I have also been able to enjoy being a full-time clinician and being able to utilize the skills and knowledge to better improve care with my patients and their quality of life. But I digress.

I got a segment idea from Maxim, my third favorite magazine (behind US Weekly and Cosmopolitan). It’s called “24 Hours to Live,” in which Maxim interviews celebrities about their last days on Earth. I interviewed myself…

So how do you want to go? Choking on grapes Jessica Alba fed me as Mila Kunis attempts the Heimlich maneuver. Diane Keaton frantically performs CPR to no avail.

What are people saying over your casket? “The one that got away.” Guys and girls.

What song plays as you die? “It’s Gonna Be Me,” by *NSYNC.  I used to know the choreography and danced to it at weddings and social gatherings. (I wish I were joking.)

What is your biggest regret in optometry school? I regret not taking off more time from studying to soak in the beautiful city of Chicago and its people. I now realize that the destination of a doctorate degree isn’t as important as the journey to get there.

What’s one illegal thing you wish you could do before you die? Kiss Claire Danes circa “Romeo and Juliet” in Dubai.

What is your proudest accomplishment? Blogging for ICO would be too easy an answer. Last week, I was extremely distraught about the Connecticut school shooting but I did not let that affect me in clinic. I continued on examining the veterans in my usual way. At the end of the day, I received a letter that a patient gave to our Externship Coordinator. I’m proud to still be able to produce positivity in a world succumbed to senseless violence.



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