This week a coworker of mine died. He was 40, he developed an infection (Group A Strep) and died from septic shock. He left a wife and 7 year old daughter.
I don't know what to do with this. Mike caught Group A Strep this year. I'm pretty sure he got it from changing diapers. A blister appeared on his finger and within 6 hours his whole arm was swollen. It moved FAST. He is obviously OK. He went into Urgent Care where they identified blood poisoning and treated him with agressive IV antibiotics. His care was transferred to the Infectious Disease Clinic of our nearby hospital and he received outpatient IV's for the next few days.
We both kind of blew off the seriousness of the infection, but I have had to confront the idea now that he could have potentially died from it, just like my coworker did. It's pretty scary shit.
We've had some hard times lately in our family, but experiencing a loss like this puts everything into perspective. Life is short, and precious. Hug your loved ones close, every day. We never know when it could be our last.