It hit us close to home...
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
My brother let me know on Monday that his wife had taken ill and died. They are in their eighties and still very active. She became very ill on Labor Day, and when her illness didn't let up, they called for an ambulance. She was admitted to ICU immediately, and he said she never regained consciousness after that. They tried every test they could think of, but her vital functions were failing. Finally, they found that she had complete kidney failure and the West Nile virus.
In Texas, we know that we have to be careful about mosquito bites. I have had a few bites, but most have been from inside the house. They come right in when we open the door to let the dog go in and out. We've had some deaths around the Dallas and Ft. Worth metroplex, but I've been in denial about the dangers, until now. Last year we lost a high school senior because of the virus. He was in great shape, and he had youth on his side, but he died on the way home from a family vacation. My heart went out to his parents and friends, but I never knew it would kill one of my family members.
Now we're paying more attention to protecting ourselves outside and when we're in the house too. My brother lost his best friend to whom he'd been married for 56 years. They just moved to Lubbock, TX to be closer to their daughter and her family. Their home is beautiful with no stairs, and they like the easy pace of the city. He just retired from his law practice. I don't know what he'll do now.
Just remember that this isn't a disease to mess with if you live in a state that has a problem with it. Please protect yourselves, and try to stay in at the peak times of early morning and early evening. If one person can be saved by our family experience, my sister-in-law's death won't be in vain. Take care.