Tag: #death

Heroes and Villains and Everything In Between

People who don’t know any better like to put people into categories. Usually, the categories are binary, with only two options. Worse yet, the categories are on opposite ends of a spectrum. There are heroes and villains, and nothing in between. This is how I feel that the most outspoken anti-vaccine activists see people who support the proper (and necessary)…

The odds are always good (that you’re going to die)

I was listening to this song on the car the other day. It’s a pretty good song. Give it a listen: httpvh://youtu.be/LiTucKt-gM4 One of the big components of my work as an epidemiologist has been to calculate the odds of events happening (or not happening). For example, we can expect to see one person per million developing a disease on…

Make your plans early and often

I was just reminded of something while watching “In My Own Country,” a made-for-TV movie about the HIV/AIDS epidemic through the eyes of a small-town physician. In one scene, a patient of Dr. Verghese is brought to the hospital with acute respiratory distress resulting from a pneumonia. The pneumonia itself was caused by an opportunistic infection from having AIDS. The…

Vaya con Dios, Ray

NOTE: During my exile from blogging, I had a person who was near and dear to me pass away. I wrote this tribute to him and my friend Todd W. published it on his blog. I almost forgot to copy and paste it here. Almost. So here it is, originally published September 14, 2013:     I graduated from college…

My Abuelita

The very earliest memory I have of my maternal grandmother, my Abuelita, is her teaching me the alphabet. I am sitting in a kitchen as she is going through each letter, one by one, on an alphabet set of refrigerator magnets. She then drops one letter, or the letter falls. It falls by the base of the fridge, which has…

Sick Guinea Pigs and thoughts on death

The first time I remember seeing a dead person was at the funeral of my maternal grandfather. I don’t remember the details, but I do remember my mom lifting me up to see him in his coffin. I had no clue what was going on or why everyone was so upset. Probably because I didn’t spend much time with him,…

The Ultimate Sacrifice

I found out today that the son of one of my coworkers at the lab died overseas while serving in the military. He was just a little bit younger than my brother. This really got me thinking about the kind of men and women that join the military and, unfortunately, die in a military conflict. I don’t know why, but…

A quick thought on death and dying

We had a most unfortunate accident at the household today. Our youngest cat, Zeus, had an accident. He managed to wrap his collar on a protruding metal pipe in the basement and was strangled to death. I was out on a run when my wife called me, very upset. It was only about a minute into running back home as…