Maria Jose Solilla
As we grow older, the topics of conversation among friends change, and as the joke goes, a time has come when, instead of boasting of romance and incredible conquests, conversations about sickness and disease begin, in which The treatment suggested cannot fail. Remedies, recipes, and even a great doctor. Anyone in Mexico who will recommend a little tea, a medicine, or even give you a really good medicine, will pull it out of his bag for a stomach ache, headache, nausea or gastritis, like magic. Other recurring themes include stories of friends who have left. During a pandemic, we’ve all experienced the horrors of people suddenly leaving because they don’t have a vaccine or because they don’t want to be vaccinated. In fact, death does not cease to appear throughout our lifetimes, and the theme comes up more frequently as the years go by. In my closest circles, many friends and acquaintances, some young and some older, have passed away. Not very close friends, but fond memories like Jaime Sanchez Susaray or Ignacio Solares himself and childhood friends or very dear ones who have been through the past four years due to different reason to leave. I’ve also heard stories of acquaintances recovering in unusual ways, or of people with deadly diseases like cancer that have stopped metastasizing. These are some of our favorite stories to hear because they give us hope that we can always make a difference in the face of irreparable situations. This is not the first close case I’ve seen where someone doesn’t even quit smoking, has a few drinks, laughs, travels and has fun, despite all medical prescriptions, and suddenly the kidneys heal, or the cancer stops horrendously. process. I’m reminded of a famous Robin Williams movie about Patch Adams, a doctor who devoted his life to treating patients differently and making their lives more enjoyable. Known as the Doctor of Laughter Therapy, Adams asserted that laughter, like music, is not really therapy but life itself, an essential part of our human condition. While searching for reliable information on the matter, I found something that doesn’t necessarily mean the survival of people diagnosed as fatal, but suggests that patients with issues such as dementia or Alzheimer’s suffer from Dying or paradoxical moments of lucidity in which they unbelievably gain consciousness in the moments before. They talked again and even managed to say goodbye to loved ones. According to the BBC’s Matheus Magenta, there are different hypotheses as to why these moments of awareness occur. Strafford Beatty, a professor of religious studies at Cal State University, believes that this occurs when the soul finally manages to free itself from the brain to function independently of the nervous system, and finally the privileged moment of waking occurs. Others, such as Borjigin, speculate that neurotransmitter levels increase and brain activity increases when oxygen and glucose levels change significantly. The result can be a heightened awareness that allows you to speak and act rationally. On the other hand, Fernandez, a researcher at the University of São Paulo, hypothesized that when the body realizes that it is dying, it releases stress hormones, a condition known as “fight or flight,” which is an instinct of self-preservation, physiological. During the immediate phase of this condition, adrenaline and other substances are released, causing changes in the body, such as increased heart rate and blood pressure, resulting in possible impairment of the function of other organs, such as neuronal function. It was then that the lucidity of the patient occurred. Without any apparent relationship between Pachter’s technique and terminal sobriety, I would venture to postulate that if it were possible to produce this hormonal discharge in a highly damaged organism just before death, then there would be no doubt: exercise, possession, and Giving love, enjoying life, good food, relaxing and doing rewarding activities are some of the best ways to generate endorphins. We shouldn’t forget that as long as we have the so-called happiness hormone, it should always be in our lives. Doing our best to enjoy every moment gives us the opportunity to improve the quality of life for ourselves and those of our peers.
PS: In keeping with today’s column, I’ll be taking the next four weeks off.