Crazy month of unexpected illnesses and death

This has been a nonstop month of unexpected illnesses and death.

Everything started the weekend of spring break. I had planned a trip for my children to go to Chicago so we can visit the museums along with visiting two of my sisters. This trip was cancelled because my youngest child ended up sick with pneumonia. Yes, that is correct – pneumonia. At first, she had a cough along with a stuffy nose, and then all of a sudden she started running a high fever. The next morning we took her into urgent care thinking it was more than likely strep throat. To our amazement she was diagnosed with pneumonia. She did make a full recovery just in time for her birthday.

Next on the list was an unexpected death of an uncle. We all knew that he was having health problems, but one moment he was doing okay, and then he was extremely sick. He ended up going into Septic Shock. His liver, kidneys, and pancreas had failed. It was only a matter of time for the final outcome to become reality. I purchased my plane ticket so that I could be there for the funeral. Of course, as always, things don’t work out as planned. While on my way to the airport, I received a phone call from the airlines informing me there was a flight delay and that I would not make my connecting flight. They said that they could reschedule my flight for the next day. Unfortunately, the funeral was the next day, and as-is, there is no good way of getting to my destination. Luckily, I was only five minutes from the airport, and they were able to get me onto a new flight, but it was leaving shortly. Everything worked out. Yes, there were other circumstances that I encountered, but that is another story all in itself.

Finally, just a few days ago, my step father ended up very sick. My mom took him into the emergency room and he was admitted. He had ended up with pancreatitis. After two days of being in the hospital, he was transferred to the ICU. Yesterday morning, when we went in to visit him – to our astonishment – he was hooked up a ventilator. Of course, not only is having pancreatitis bad enough by itself, but also going through alcohol withdrawals at the same time only makes the situation even more touchy.

With all things considered, I have come to the conclusion that I will not think anything could not get any worse because we all know it can.

As for my step father, he should make a full recovery.


  1. Glad to hear your father in law is doing better, I had pancreatitis also, but due to gall stones not a fun time in my life.

    • I am so sorry to hear about you having Pancreatitis. From what I have read and understand, Pancreatitis is very painful and can be very dangerous.

      My stepfather is finally off the ventilator as of yesterday, and today has been moved out of the ICU. It’s another step forward in the right direction.

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