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My Brother Died of the Flu at Age 49

Posted on 03/06/2011 7:06:34 AM PST by big black dog

How can this happen in 2011? I was just talking with him 3 weeks ago about possibly going bass fishing with him in Mexico this Spring.

Seems he checked into the hospital about a week ago complaining of respiratory troubles after contracting the flu. They released him shortly after. He posted on his Facebook page at that time about how it sucks being sick, and how good it would be just to walk 20 feet without gasping for breath.

2 days later, hie son and ex-wife found him dead in bed.

I am stunned. He was in good health. No one that age is supposed to die of the flu.


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KEYWORDS: flu; influenza
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1 posted on 03/06/2011 7:06:37 AM PST by big black dog
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To: big black dog

I am so sorry for your loss.


2 posted on 03/06/2011 7:08:23 AM PST by austingirl
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To: big black dog

You have my condolences.


3 posted on 03/06/2011 7:08:27 AM PST by umgud
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To: big black dog

Prayers for you and your family.


4 posted on 03/06/2011 7:08:56 AM PST by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2011)
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To: big black dog
Pneumonia?

I'm sorry for your loss.

5 posted on 03/06/2011 7:09:38 AM PST by lonestar (It takes a village of idiots to elect a village idiot.)
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To: big black dog; metmom; Quix; narses; RnMomof7

May the Lord comfort you through the loss of your brother, my FRiend.

Did he have any other medical conditions such as allergies or asthma?


6 posted on 03/06/2011 7:10:02 AM PST by Grizzled Bear ("Does not play well with others.")
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To: big black dog

You have my condolences as well. I knew a woman who died of pneumonia after getting a cold in three months. Sad how quickly it can strike and take a person.


7 posted on 03/06/2011 7:10:45 AM PST by Mozilla
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To: big black dog

Your loss is a terrible tragedy. Our healthcare system has been wrecked by lawyers and politicians.


8 posted on 03/06/2011 7:10:48 AM PST by Jukeman
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To: big black dog

Prayers


9 posted on 03/06/2011 7:11:00 AM PST by darkwing104 (Lets get dangerous)
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To: big black dog

I am sorry and prayers for you and your family.


10 posted on 03/06/2011 7:11:50 AM PST by DarthVader (That which supports Barack Hussein Obama must be sterilized and there are NO exceptions!)
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To: big black dog

I’m sorry I don’t know the answer.

Prayers sent. Godspeed.


11 posted on 03/06/2011 7:12:10 AM PST by Vision ("Did I not say to you that if you would believe, you would see the glory of God?" John 11:40)
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To: big black dog

This winter’s flu is way worse than previous years.

I got vaccinated against the flu and I still caught it for 3-4 days.


12 posted on 03/06/2011 7:12:41 AM PST by struggle ((The struggle continues))
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To: Grizzled Bear

Sorry to read of your loss. What a lot of people don’t know is that during the pandemic (flu) of 1918 the highest mortality was for those between twenty and forty. In other words the healthiest people were most at risk and they often died very quickly.


13 posted on 03/06/2011 7:13:09 AM PST by meatloaf
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To: big black dog

So sorry for your loss.


14 posted on 03/06/2011 7:13:27 AM PST by nolongerademocrat ("Before you ask G-d for something, first thank G-d for what you already have." B'rachot 30b)
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To: big black dog

It sounds like he could have had an underlying heart condition.


15 posted on 03/06/2011 7:14:07 AM PST by Moonman62 (Half of all Americans are above average. Politicians come from the other half.)
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To: big black dog
Prayers for you and your family.

There's no sense in trying to figure out God's plans for us, only take comfort in that you will get to see your brother again one glorious day.

16 posted on 03/06/2011 7:15:13 AM PST by Big Bronson
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To: meatloaf

I think your message was intended for Big Black Dog.


17 posted on 03/06/2011 7:15:31 AM PST by Grizzled Bear ("Does not play well with others.")
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To: big black dog

Unfortunately, the flu can exacerbate underlying conditions especially with the heart.

It obvious from your post your still in shock and looking for answers. Sometimes there aren’t....Prayer will help......

I’m sorry for your loss...


18 posted on 03/06/2011 7:19:08 AM PST by nevergore ("It could be that the purpose of my life is simply to serve as a warning to others.")
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To: big black dog
May the God of All Comfort be the source of your strength in the days ahead. Joining your FReeper family in the sorrow of your loss.
19 posted on 03/06/2011 7:19:31 AM PST by Pegita ('Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus, just to take Him at His word ...)
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To: Grizzled Bear

That’s not the first time I’ve dome that. The info needs to get out to more people. The local health dept. wanted a pandemic plan from the fire depart. I was sitting there thinking it was a death sentence for the most physically qualified.


20 posted on 03/06/2011 7:20:05 AM PST by meatloaf
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To: struggle

The last time I had a flu shot was 40 years ago when the Army made me take it. I promptly came down with the flu right afterwards. Haven’t had a flu shot since and haven’t had the flu either.


21 posted on 03/06/2011 7:20:05 AM PST by Old Retired Army Guy
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To: Grizzled Bear; big black dog; Amityschild; Captain Beyond; Cvengr; DvdMom; firebrand; ...

PRAYER PING FOR LOSS OF

BIG BLACK DOG’S brother to flu at age 49.

May God be the God of all Comfort in His most impactful and intimate ways, BBD.

Sigh.


22 posted on 03/06/2011 7:22:20 AM PST by Quix (Times are a changin' INSURE you have believed in your heart & confessed Jesus as Lord Come NtheFlesh)
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To: big black dog

AAAAARRRRRRGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHH!

CUE that painting THE SCREAM.


23 posted on 03/06/2011 7:23:46 AM PST by Quix (Times are a changin' INSURE you have believed in your heart & confessed Jesus as Lord Come NtheFlesh)
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To: big black dog

I am so very sorry for yours and your family’s loss. Our prayers and most sincere condolences.


24 posted on 03/06/2011 7:24:30 AM PST by Caipirabob ( Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: big black dog
I sympathize with you. I lost a brother - and fellow freeper - at the age of 42 from a sudden heart attack.

Time will heal most of the feelings of grief, however the memories will always be with you.

25 posted on 03/06/2011 7:25:24 AM PST by Last Dakotan
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To: big black dog

It does happen, deeply sorry.


26 posted on 03/06/2011 7:26:22 AM PST by Walkingfeather
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To: big black dog

Sorry to hear about your loss.

A medical answer to your question should require some testing.


27 posted on 03/06/2011 7:27:31 AM PST by decimon
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To: big black dog

May God rest his soul FRiend, and bring comfort to yours.

God bless.
Tatt


28 posted on 03/06/2011 7:28:37 AM PST by thesearethetimes... ("Courage, is fear that has said its prayers." DorothyBernard)
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To: big black dog

Godspeed.


29 posted on 03/06/2011 7:29:05 AM PST by the invisib1e hand (Every knife in my back pushes me forward.)
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To: big black dog

So very sorry for your loss.


30 posted on 03/06/2011 7:29:41 AM PST by paws_and_whiskers
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To: big black dog

Oh good Lord!!!

I am so sorry.


31 posted on 03/06/2011 7:30:07 AM PST by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: big black dog

I’m sorry for your loss. My prayers are going up for your entire family and all those who knew and loved him.


32 posted on 03/06/2011 7:31:03 AM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: big black dog

I don’t think its the flu... It must be something more than that, time to see if the doctor who checked him out took any blood sample. I believe it is more than a flu.


33 posted on 03/06/2011 7:36:18 AM PST by Tamatoa (Fight for our America, Fight for our Country I fought to defend!!!)
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To: big black dog

I am so sorry. What a shock it must be to all of you who love him.

I want you to research something. There is a very rare drug intolerance for Ibuprofen (Advil) that can develop suddenly or over time. I experienced this and it nearly killed me.

It is called aphylaxis. If your body starts rejecting Ibuprofen (for example), and you keep taking it as though nothing is wrong, it can kill you by shutting down your lungs and heart.

What makes me suspicious are these facts: 1) it was sudden and unexpected; 2) the breathing was already unusually laborious; and 3) the flu often has aches that send people running for the Advil.

Please check into this. Many doctors don’t even know about it. My intolerance for Ibuprofen didn’t set in until I had used it for 17 years!


34 posted on 03/06/2011 7:38:50 AM PST by Migraine (Diversity is great... ...until it happens to YOU.)
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To: big black dog

I’m so sorry for your loss. It does happen and sometimes much slower. I contracted the flu approximately 10 years ago. My immune system began attacking my lungs. After several diagnoses of pheumonia over just a couple of months, they accidentally caught a glimpse of the bottom of my lungs in a CTscan while testing for something else. They were all scarred up. Thank God for steroids, that is what is keeping me alive today. BTW, I’m only 48 now.


35 posted on 03/06/2011 7:40:20 AM PST by republicangel
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To: big black dog

My prayers are up for all of your family and you.

LLS


36 posted on 03/06/2011 7:40:29 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (WOLVERINES!!!)
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To: big black dog
Sounds like the flu turned into bronchitis then pneumonia. Did the hospital give him a prescription for antibiotics?
37 posted on 03/06/2011 7:43:12 AM PST by avacado
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To: big black dog

Very sorry for your loss.
Clearly if he could not walk 20 feet something was going on, but it could be a number of possibilities.


38 posted on 03/06/2011 7:44:17 AM PST by GnuHere
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To: big black dog

My sympathies to your family


39 posted on 03/06/2011 7:44:36 AM PST by RnMomof7
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To: big black dog

I am so sorry to hear of your loss.


40 posted on 03/06/2011 7:44:39 AM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: big black dog

I am very deeply sorry for your loss. Please accept my prayers for you and for your family.


41 posted on 03/06/2011 7:44:50 AM PST by andy58-in-nh (America does not need to be organized: it needs to be liberated.)
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To: struggle

Condolences to thread owner.

I get the Flu shot and maintain a stockpile of antibiotics for just this reason. With work, travel and the ‘approved doctor’ scheduling requirements it’s much more time efficient and economical to maintain antibiotics and begin a 7-day regimen when symptoms deteriorate. I avoid the risks of the additional time, costs and mis-diagnosis liability of the traditional treatment path. The last time I did the traditional route for flu/pnemonia I was mis-diagnosed twice, out over a thousand dollars and sick for 2 months. Never again.


42 posted on 03/06/2011 7:45:39 AM PST by Justa
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To: meatloaf; big black dog

Right, I heard that was because the 1918 flu set off an out-of-control immune response. The people with the strongest immune systems got sicker because their immune systems were at war with their own bodies.

To blig black dog, I am so sorry for your shocking loss.


43 posted on 03/06/2011 7:47:36 AM PST by FelixFelicis
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To: big black dog

My brother is my best friend, so I am so sorry for your loss. I hope that you have wonderful memories of your times together.


44 posted on 03/06/2011 7:48:21 AM PST by leaning conservative (snow coming, school cancelled, yayyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: big black dog

It is not easy to lose a friend, especially a brother. May God comfort you in knowing his soul is in good care. As we grow we lose the most precious to our creator.


45 posted on 03/06/2011 7:49:19 AM PST by eyedigress ((Old storm chaser from the west)?)
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To: big black dog

That is so young. God bless you and your family at this difficult time.


46 posted on 03/06/2011 7:49:19 AM PST by manic4organic (We won. Get over it.)
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To: big black dog

My boss caught this and it wrecked him for a week. Coughing up pink foam and a 103.9 fever. Couldnt even walk to the bathroom.
The flu isnt a laughing matter.I am sorry for your loss.


47 posted on 03/06/2011 7:49:50 AM PST by Yorlik803 (better to die on your feet than live on your knees.)
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To: Justa

How do you get your antibiotics?


48 posted on 03/06/2011 7:50:59 AM PST by wintertime
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To: big black dog
I am sorry for your loss.

People do die of the flu in this day and age more often then you think. If you are having trouble breathing you should see your doctor and don't leave until you have a solution to your problem.

49 posted on 03/06/2011 7:53:08 AM PST by Harmless Teddy Bear (When all you have is bolt cutters & vodka everything looks like the lock on Wolf Blitzer's boathouse)
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To: big black dog
A cousin of mine, a sheriff's deputy, recently passed away from a similar illness. He was only in his 30s.

I have a lot of confidence in pneumonia vaccinations (lasting 5 years) instead of the flu shot.

I'm very sorry to read about your loss.

50 posted on 03/06/2011 7:53:16 AM PST by Errant
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