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Old 02-25-2011, 07:51 AM   #1
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Is there a doctor in the house.

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Sorry - I did not want to take any of the tributes to Rob off topic.
But I'm still flummoxed by how this could happen.
?????
I don't know any more than the rest of you mind you about Rob's particular Heath condition going into this -
And would never be so bold as to query Scott about it -
he's been thru enough as of late.

But - How does a normal heath person Die from the Flu? -
I mean shouldn't the average heathy person be able to fight a flu off -
especially under medical observation?
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Old 02-25-2011, 08:18 AM   #2
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life happens, and sadly so does death. Just because most people should be able to fight something off, doesn't mean all will. Hard to wrap your mind around, I know.

here is a fairly good article that goes more into the whys. http://blogs.abcnews.com/theworldnew...n-the-f-1.html
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Old 02-25-2011, 08:31 AM   #3
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life happens, and sadly so does death. Just because most people should be able to fight something off, doesn't mean all will. Hard to wrap your mind around, I know.

here is a fairly good article that goes more into the whys. http://blogs.abcnews.com/theworldnew...n-the-f-1.html
Oh I know - Just this last year I almost lost a friend to a simple infection.
Will read your post.
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Sometimes I just have to say things out loud.
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Old 02-25-2011, 08:35 AM   #4
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I completely understand!

I lost my sister to an infection, but she had many other problems that led to an infection being so deadly. Still doesn't make it easier to accept. Something that simple penicillin can cure in most people, can kill in others.




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Old 02-25-2011, 08:34 PM   #5
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I had my dearest friend go into the hospital for a staff infection . 3days later he was gone . Who knows why this stuff happens
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Unfortunately, many otherwise healthy people die from the flu. I lost a patient once after the flu. he was 29 years old & had been healthy. He got the flu & did not come in for treatment for a few days. He was doing so bad by then that he had to be put into the hospital. The flu virus ended up infecting his heart. We put him on the transplant list, but a heart didn't come available in time.
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That's the issue with any kind of viral infection. Unlike bacterial infections, your body has to get rid of a virus, and sometimes even with boosting medication your immune system just can't do it.

Pneumonia is the 6th leading cause of death in the US, and the flu when untreated can often lead to pneumonia.
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Wally, I understand your frustration. I keep thinking that since FL is such a warm state vs the snowy wintery northern states, that the flu isn't as prevalent there as up here (since they're not stuck indoors like we are with all the sick people that come to work even though they're sick). I know that's naive of me to think but it's hard to wrap your head around it.
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Not a day goes by that I dont think about Rob.....

I was in line today at work to vote, and an old Ad/Club bartender ran across the room in tears asking me if I had heard about him.

The only thing I can wrap my brain around right now is God, or his Mother, or someone needed him for some reason, and called him home to rest....


Life just really sucks sometimes!
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Old 02-26-2011, 06:58 AM   #10
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I guess you just think there are "rules" and when you find out
there are none, it just "pulls the rug out" for a bit.
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Wally - I know what you mean. Rob was supposed to have a much longer life and be here forever, it just makes no sense. Last fall I went to my doctor (a new guy since my previous one retired) and he made me get both flu and pneumonia shots. Honestly, I rarely go to the doctor and I thought he was over-doing it but he insisted since I was taking care of my Dad and around sick people in waiting rooms and such. Now I'm glad he did ... I've never had the flu and never had a flu shot before but now I think I'll get it each year.

One of my best friends from childhood died years ago at the age of 37 because of an enlarged heart - a healthy, active guy - and I kept thinking it shouldn't have happened. A 2 month old baby that I know of died a couple weeks ago. There are no answers. All we can do is look forward and make the best of the time we have.
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Wally, I agree.

I'll admit that when I first heard about Rob's death I wondered if it meant he might have underlying medical issues that we didn't know about.

But,...

Then, last week a 28 year old friend that was ridiculously healthy and active started to feel ill. They went to the hospital in the evening when he seemed to be having trouble breathing and he died before the night was out. Why? He had pneumonia. No long-term illness, no indications prior to the point at which they decided to go to the hospital, etc.

Rob and this other friend reminded me,...

...of all the young otherwise healthy people who died from H1N1 in the last 2 years...

...and of the fact that I have a friend who was also young, healthy, active without underlying medical issues who managed to simultaneously acquire H1N1, pneumonia and mono. There didn't seem to be any way to identify which one came first and she wasn't feeling badly for very long before she was so sick that she nearly died. She has been told by specialists that she had the 2nd worst case of H1N1 among those who survived. She is still recovering and is still unable to work.

It is very scary and I don't like it at all, but, apparently simple viruses can kill.
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I guess it really is fleeting.
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I guess it really is fleeting.
Hug someone today.
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Because of all this - i've been in kind of an reflective mood.
And come to this - we really are all about our memories.
Not our stuff, our status, or our trappings.
Memories are what truly connects us.

Think about someone who has sunk into Alzheimer's -
Essentially those people are lost to their family - set adrift.

Perhaps that is the true magic of Disney - the memories we make there together - connecting us.
And why we are all so drawn there.

And by remembering someone we have lost -
in a way - they live on.

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