Thursday, June 25, 2009

Farah and Michael


It was a very nice day here early and then we had a lot of rain late. Days that I do not have to teach or work at the clinic I sometimes get lost in my priorities. I sometimes do not remember to write my BLOG until right before I go to bed. I go to bed at 9 pm every night and get up at 4 am every morning. I tell people that I would be a great target for assassination as I am so much into a routine.

Farah Fawcett died today and shortly after that Michael Jackson died. Farah had anal cancer and Michael died of Cardiac Arrest. Cardiac arrest is not a heart attack. Cardiac arrest is where you heart stops sometimes for no reason at all. It can be stroke or drug induced. A heart attack is where the heart muscle is defective for various reasons. One doc tonight described a cardiac arrest is where the heart muscle is perfectly healthy but stops beating and starts to quiver. Strange.

I am sure they will do a full and complete autopsy.

I was the county coroner for eight years and had several cases of Cardiac Arrest or what is sometimes called Sudden Death. I also used to liken it to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) where the heart just stops beating for no reason. My personal feeling about that is the baby is well loved and cared for and well fed and warm and comfortable and gets so relaxed that the systems shut down. So difficult for loving and caring parents to understand. So difficult for me to understand.

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