X-Message-Number: 25914
From: "Basie" <>
Subject: Starvation
Date: Mon, 28 Mar 2005 22:09:07 -0500

About a month ago I nearly died. Many of you do not know what nightmare it 
is to wake up with pipes in your lungs and hear nurses yell at you  "wake 
up!". I was at a movie when I suddenly had the most awful pain imaginable 
just below my chest. I ran out and vomited. I won't tell you the terrible 
details in between but I had severe acute pancreatites from an obstruction. 
I was put on no food or water for four days. I had a drip with minimum 
nutrients. On the fourth day I went into heart failure. But I did learn 
something to share. I was  on a strong pain killer and a strong antibiotic. 
The latter apparently necessary because starvation leads to serious 
infections. All I remember from the four days are people coming into the 
room but when I open my eyes the room was empty. Thus it is possible to 
starve without to much suffering. But under the right conditions!


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