January 22, 2008

A SAD FAREWELL


Life begins at 40 and for some unfortunate ones, it ends not long after. I'm still in shock at the sad news I received. A colleague at the garden center where I work passed away in route to make a delivery for a customer. I'm glad he wasn't driving because it could've been a lot more tragic.

He was but 42 years old, so young and energetic. He worked very hard at his job and his whole future lay ahead of him. What happened ? The silent killer - a heart attack. I was told his father died from the same thing. So why don't people with a family history of heart trouble go for a routine checkup ? Maybe being young has something to do with it.

Such a tragic loss that could've been prevented. The miracle drugs that control high cholesterol have saved countless lives. Used to be it was unheard of for women to have heart problems but now it's the number one killer . So my friends, both male and female, make sure to check your heart. It could mean the difference of 30 to 40 years, a whole lifetime for some.

14 comments:

  1. I'm really sorry for this person, his family, his friends and colleagues, including you, Carolyn. Why do people not go for checkups? Good question. Why don't they put insurance on their homes? Why no snow tires in winter? And on and on we go with the questions.
    We need to look after ourselves better, and also cherish one another more. That's my theory, in this week of bad news.

    hugs, jodi

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  2. Thanks for the warning, Carolyn Gail. I'm so sorry about your colleague.

    My father-in-law had a massive heart attack at the age of 42. Had he not already been in the hospital he would have died. He lived for another 30 years but his quality of life was forever changed. I worry sometimes about my 45yo husband, he has been a traveling salesman for 20 years and eats a steady diet of fast food and junk food with little or no exercise. Scary, scary stuff.

    My own mother had a double bypass and age 52, but she was overweight, had other health factors and a was heavy smoker at the time. I try to be informed and make healthy choices. I don't have high cholesterol, but I do have high blood pressure.

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  3. Thanks, Jodi. Why is a frequent question after the fact usually, isn't it ?

    I like your theory.

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  4. So sorry to hear about your mother's health issues at such a young age. Hard to believe that I was once a heavy smoker but I got smart and quit cold turkey sixteen years ago. Best thing I ever did.

    That is scary about your FIL having a massive heart attack at age 42. I don't blame you for being concerned about your hubby. I think you should convince him to at least have an EKG , if not a complete check up.

    I'm glad you take care of yourself. Watch your high blood pressure carefully because as you probably know, it can lead to strokes.

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  5. Sorry to learn of your co-worker's death! My goodness, only 42! So sad.

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  6. Tragic story - you never know, do you? I take high cholesterol medicine and really hate taking it but stories like this make me glad I do. However, a story in the news this week claims that Vytorin (which is what I take) may not be as good as the generic drug. I'm going to discuss it with my doctor at my next appointment.

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  7. Hi dirty knees,

    Long time ! Thanks for stopping by. Death at such a young age is tragic.

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  8. Hi Phillip,

    Sorry to hear that you have high cholesterol . I know what you mean about taking pills. I'm lucky that the only ones I take are vitamins and I hope to keep it that way.

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  9. Apparently mine is hereditary. I've never had problems with it but was advised to take the medicine as a precaution.

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  10. Carolyn, I'm so sorry to hear about your friend. Goodness you've had some encounters with death in unexpected ways here lately haven't you? :-(
    You're right, and we owe it to ourselves and those who love us to take care of ourselves. Thanks for the reminder.

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  11. Thanks, Kylee. It has been a rough week indeed.

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  12. Carolyn, you indeed are having a rough week. First you nearly get run over by an SUV and then to have a co-worker, a relatively young co-worker, die suddenly like that. It gives us all pause to reflect on how fleeting life can be. Heart disease runs in my family so I watch out for it.

    Carol, May Dreams Gardens

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  13. Well, there are worse ways to die. So I don't feel sorry for your collegue, but I do feel bad for the family, friends & co-workers left behind. What a shock. Makes you want to savor each moment of life & give everybody big hugs. I hope you've gotten some extra hugs this week. Sounds like you need them.

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  14. Thanks, MMD for your pithy comments ! If it "ain't one thang it's another !"

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