Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Tough to Take

Demetrios' patient Kevin (not his real name) of whom I've written before (here), died early this morning. His death was totally unexpected and sudden.

He got up from bed just after midnight, with a very runny nose. The physician on duty offered him a little Benadryl, but Kevin refused. He sat up for a while, not appearing at all ill (except mentally, of course), and finally went back to bed around 2:00. The nurses, making their routine checks at 3:00, found him dead in his bed.

The suddenness of it probably means heart attack, stroke, or blod clot, any of which is surprising as his cholesterol was low and his blood pressure normal. He was not a smoker and not obese. He was not on any particularly dangerous drugs.

He was only 49 years old.

We hope he is in better shape now. Please pray for him. And I think Demetrios could use your prayers, too.

8 comments:

Mimi said...

What a tragedy. May his Memory be Eternal.

Chocolatesa said...

Memory eternal!

Anam Cara said...

Memory Eternal and Demetrios is in our prayers, too.

s-p said...

Lord have mercy on all... but perhaps it was an answer to a prayer for a peaceful ending, painless, blameless.

Nina said...

I agree w/ s-p...

Weekend Fisher said...

Lord, have mercy.

Anastasia Theodoridis said...

Thanks to all of you for your prayers. And yes, I agree, it does appear to have been the sort of death we all pray for. Other than taking place in a mental hospital, I mean. No pain, no shame, peaceful.

Michelle M. said...

Lord have mercy. I am so sorry to hear of this. May his memory be eternal.