An Almost Deadly Grape

When I used to work on the pediatric general medicine ward at the hospital, one patient made a real impression on me. He was a quadriplegic, well known to the unit.

My first encounter with him was during his admission for aspiration pneumonia. When reviewing his history, I realized he was previously a healthy kid but one day swallowed a grape that ended up stuck in his throat. It caused severe ischemia to the brain, resulting in permanent brain damage, left him paralyzed and many other complications.

It wasn’t the high dose gentamicin; it wasn’t the drowning in the lake; it wasn’t the high fever that didn’t get resolve in time.

It was just a grape, an innocent grape that turned out to be quite deadly… almost.

So everything in life can be deceptive. Something may seem harmless may become the most dangerous thing. Things we spend a lot of time developing strategies to prevent harm, resources to educate everyone may not be the source of the sorrow.

It could just be the mundane thing glaring at you everyday.




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My name is Cynthia and I am a practicing pharmacist in Ontario, Canada. This blog is for me to share my ideas, opinions and perspectives on how medications are used in our health care system. Sometimes I will share stories related to my work experience. They are meant to be entertaining and humourous. Sometimes they raise awareness and education and most of the time, I will put in my two cents whether I like a medication or not. Note that these posts are my own opinions and do not represent the opinions of any current or former employers, or organizations that I may belong to. This blog is not a platform for professional advise for patients or health care providers and the content is not meant to support any clinical decision or replace professional opinions. Also the images are either taken or created by the author, or adapted with permissions. I hope you will enjoy reading my posts!

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