This Daily Prompt: The Great Escape asks you to describe an escape from a near death experience. #EmotionalIntelligence notes, there is no escape, only postponement. First, today’s grim reminder cartoon.
At 76 and a half, escape looks less and less likely. Such is life. I never was one who wanted to die young. Maybe because early on I escaped death when penicillin saved me from the ravages of Rheumatic Fever.
The wonder drug, had only recently been tinkered with enough to be recognized as a life saver a few years before I fell ill. The survivors of the November 28, 1942 Cocoanut Grove fire in Boston, were the first large group of people to be successfully treated with penicillin. The drug proved crucial in combating Staphylococcus bacteria which typically infect skin grafts. Thereafter, the US Government decided to support the production and distribution of penicillin to the armed forces and it soon became a tool in every physicians tool box.
When I fell ill with Rheumatic Fever, penicillin entered my life. For those not in the know regular doses of penicillin prevents the recurrence of staph infections and rheumatic fever was one that it stopped in its tracks. Lucky me.
Penicillin is still used to treat rheumatic fever and in some parts of the world is in short supply.
EMOTIONAL FITNESS THOUGHTS
Lucky me in another way. Like most of us, I rarely consciously faced the possibility of death; unlike many, however, I was reminded a bit more than most, that life was a gift and death awaits all of us. But I was also surviving the threat, grateful to be alive, and determined to live the best life I could . Perhaps that is what this Daily Prompt wants us to think about.
We have all faced and face the prospect of death and we are all still alive. Hopefully, that means we feel stronger, more grateful, more appreciative of life.
As always be grateful for what you have been given.
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