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.
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    I am so sorry to hear of this sudden and tragic loss. Your family is in my prayers for the time ahead.
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    Sorry for your and you brother's loss! I think this virus is all over America by now. This year has been bad here for mosquitoes and I found myself staying indoors more and more. I also dislike putting repellent on. If the virus does get you, the chemicals will. Better go out during the height of the day. emoticon
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    Oh no,how awful for your family, an unexpected death can be so shocking. Yes, the WNV is very deadly. We have it up here too.
    2788 days ago
  • JILL313
    So sorry for Your Dear Brother as he must be beside himself with grief. It makes it even harder when without much warning a Loved one is suddenly gone. I've read the West Nile is almost everywhere and they are very concerned about that in Colorado because of all the Water around. I'm so sorry also for You as it must have shocked and also hit you hard. Take good care. God Bless Your Brother, You and His/Your Families. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
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    I'm so sorry. I'm glad, though, that you have become more aware of mosquito dangers. Nobody has ever "liked" mosquito's, but now we have to fear them. I'm not sure I've heard of that here in my part of Virginia, but you never know. I came in off my porch this evening because I saw them around me.

    Just take care of yourself.
    2789 days ago
    I am so sorry for your loss, and yes, Thanks for the warning, I read about it, but, it has not hit this close to home, so thanks for the heads up
    2789 days ago
    I am sorry for the loss of your sister-in-law! I will pray for you and your family!
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  • MJRVIC2000
    We grieve with you and for the family. May you find strength and peace ! God Bless YOU! Vic.
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