On New Year's Eve my much loved brother had a massive stroke. He is only fifty four. He had further complications last week. It seems his life is no longer in danger but his condition is still serious. I don't intend to blog about this much as he would not want me to but I think he would forgive me saying this:
It seems likely that the cause of the stroke was untreated high blood pressure, perhaps combined with the stresses of a high pressure job which he loved. He knew his blood pressure was high I think but I am sure, in not taking the time to engage with medical appointments and treatment, he had little sense of how great a risk it could pose.
If you don't know what your blood pressure is, find out. If it's high, see your doctor. If you have any inclination to put your head in the sand think of my witty, active, workaholic brother, who loves sailing and his family, lying in his hospital bed unable to move, and sort it out. Please.