Cherish Each Moment
A coworker by the name of Robert died, suddenly, on January 21, 2021 from a “heart attack” — or so I was told. No one really knows for sure his cause of death, other than to say that it was a complete shock.
Robert was in his early fifties, and he leaves behind a wife and a young daughter, which is the part that grieves me the most.
Like me, Robert was full-figured guy — which is to simply say that there was more of him to love — and he was truly a loveable man. He adored his daughter; he had many friends; and he was a kind and caring person who liked to make others happy.
Every year, before schools would close for the Christmas Holiday, Robert would dress-up as Santa and turn the school bus that he drove into Santa’s magic sleigh … and to say that he will be missed by his young passengers is an understatement.
Though, more than likely, I will never really know the true cause of his untimely passing, because of my experiences, and because of all of the research that I have done since my own daughter became ill with Lyme disease, my mind immediately goes to a place where I can not help but wonder if Robert was not infected with a bacteria or a virus (think: COVID-19) that, at some place in his heart, blocked his arteries and stopped his heart. For me, it’s a terrifying thought!
Like so many schools across the nation, the school system for which Robert worked, and where I am still employed, seems to have a David Glasgow Farragut attitude of: ‘Damn the virus, we’re keeping our schools open!’ But, for me, personally, I subscribe to Dr. Leana Wen’s point of view that a “…loss of learning isn’t the same as loss of life,” and that “…we cannot put the burden of society’s failures on the people who work in schools.”
Google “COVID-19” and “heart” and there is no shortage of information regarding the long-term damage that COVID wreaks on the heart muscle. One of my favorites is a Healthline article which can be found here. In the article, the author, Julia Ries, does an excellent job of describing the ill effects that the virus wreaks on the heart. She also provides links that lead to other valuable information, including a link to a three part medical journal series published by the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, which “takes a deeper dive into the impact COVID-19 has on the heart.”
If Robert’s loved ones are still unaware of that which took him from this world, seeking the root cause(s) of his death will more than likely only serve to bring more pain to an already painful situation, but for those of us who knew him, worked with him and loved him, Robert’s premature passing has served to remind us of just how frail life can be — especially for those, like me, with certain, albeit ‘loveable,’ comorbidities.
For those of you who have been afflicted with COVID, or for those of you who know someone who has, or has had, the disease, added attention to heart health is very good advice to take or to be given to others. Further good advice to take or be given is to make certain to cherish each and every moment, because none of us can know for certain when our time here will be over — especially during these very troubling and uncertain times.