My 21-year old sister Krystal, who was also a twin, dropped dead on campus before her midterm exams on Monday. They think it might be a brain aneurysm, but we won’t know the exact cause for 30-60 days. Life is not CSI. The visitation is Thursday and funeral Friday here in Northern Ky. Information on services can be found on the front page of KevinandShel.com.
There will NOT be a Friday event post this week. There’s just no way I can get it together in time.
It looks like, overall, I’ll be taking around 2 weeks off from the wine
blog. I’m going to ask two friends of mine to contribute periodically,
as guest authors, over the next week and a half.
Sunday I actually leave for a conference in Florida where I’m giving two presentations. I’ve decided to go, because I think I could use a break. Kevin & I have had a lot of death in 30 days (Krystal died 31 days after Kevin’s father). My best friend lives near the conference, so I think the trip will be good for me.
I return next Wednesday night. I intend to post an event listing on Oct 26 and everything should return to normal after that. Or in my case, a new normal.
Thank you for your patience …
UPDATE 10/17 evening: The coroner called my dad tonight. When he opened up Krystal’s
chest, the right ventricle of her heart was destroyed. It was a
congenital heart defect. A heart problem had shown up in her twin, Kimberly, earlier this
year but it hadn’t presented in Krystal, even with tests. Kim is on
medication. The coroner said she probably was going about her day, had
some sort of pain similar to antacid, and then was gone. Quick.
Her heart was just tired.
The stress on her heart from finals, work, and everyday living is
different from the stress put on her heart from sports and climbing and
all the other things she did. Her heart just gave out.
It helps to have a reason, even if it doesn’t take away the pain.
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