Day 134 / 366
I learned some things about death today, while I was learning how to keep it from taking hold.
I never really knew what a death rattle was until our CPR teacher asked us, “Is it possible to breathe after you die?” Yes it is, he said: After the heart gives up and the body dies, the brain can fight on in vain, forcing the body to keep breathing for a time. The resulting gurgles and wheezes are the death rattle.
And the image of a surgeon or a psycho holding a still-beating heart in his hand isn't just the stuff of horror movies. A heart can keep beating for up to a minute after it is removed from the body, he said.
Of course, we also learned how to resuscitate a person who has had cardiac arrest, although the instructor didn't call it that. He called it “bringing someone back from the dead.” That sounded far more interesting, although it raised a question: Since CPR works a fair amount of the time, why don't we hear more about what people see or feel when they temporarily shuffle off the mortal coil?
The question didn't occur to me until later, and it's just as well. I imagine it was a bit outside the scope of the class.
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