|My medical ignorance
||[Jul. 5th, 2006|09:46 pm]
I am pretty ashamed at my medical ignorance and lack of knowledge about
general human physiology inspite of having a doctor brother. This was
evident during the traumatic
experience that I recently had. It was then, my brother explained
to me what blood
pressure actually meant. He went on to explain about high and low
blood pressure conditions.
Manaa's blood pressure had dropped the day before he passed away. He
had a septic
shock and blood literally started stagnating in the vessels instead
of flowing around. The heart was pumping blood in vain. The brain was
starved of blood supply (and subsequently oxygen) and he slipped into
coma. No medication would constrict the blood vessels and increase the
blood pressure. Manaa was just not responding to treatment. From a
reading of 100 mm Hg on Sunday night, the blood pressure gradually
decreased in steps to 35 mm Hg on Monday evening after which Manaa lost
The biggest lesson here is that, once the normal physiology of
the body is disrupted, it is really really tough to get it back on
track. So, folks take care of your and your dear one's health as if
they are the most important things in this world.
... and I cannot stop wondering how all this complexity comes out of a single cell (the embryo)! :)
Yeah. Everything is so damn complex. Just compare that to what we work with stuff, programs that can be made to obey us. Making a body tick is way too complex. The complications that arose out of my cousin's condition were so interlinked that treating one without affecting the other became a Herculean task.
It would be more useful if you can give reasons for the actual cause for septic shock and the preventive measures.
2006-07-10 08:24 am (UTC)
Re: What's the cause
Septic shock in my cousin's case was caused by multiple organ failure. The Wikipedia article that I linked to has the gory details of the condition.
2007-08-30 12:12 am (UTC)
Septic Shock Treatment
There is only one medicine in the market -- worldwide. That is called Xigris® (drotrecogin alfa [activated])by US company called Lilly. Hope this helps. Keep good work!
2007-09-01 10:40 pm (UTC)
That is very sad! I completely understand you! We do not have to ignore our physical condition and the high blood pressure especially!!!