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My medical ignorance [Jul. 5th, 2006|09:46 pm]
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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 battle.

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.


[User Picture]From: sunson
2006-07-06 05:15 am (UTC)
... and I cannot stop wondering how all this complexity comes out of a single cell (the embryo)! :)

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[User Picture]From: knutties
2006-07-06 06:18 am (UTC)
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.
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From: sprasanna199
2006-07-10 08:13 am (UTC)

What's the cause

It would be more useful if you can give reasons for the actual cause for septic shock and the preventive measures.
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[User Picture]From: knutties
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.
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From: (Anonymous)
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!
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From: (Anonymous)
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!!!
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