Janet and I were married on a sunny day in September of 1986. We were both middle aged and it was a first marriage for both of us. Janet was small, standing at four foot eight and always weighing in the 85-95 pound range. Years ago she use to dance at Native American Pow Wows, I still have all of her dance costumes. She could play the piano, the flute and the dulcimer. She could type over 100 words a minute, had beautiful hand writing and was a well organized individual. She could also read and write Hebrew.
I have battled macular degeneration my whole life. This condition caused me to have problems with colors, small print and not be able to get a drivers license. With Janet's help I achieved much success and retired from upper management in 2005 from the local transit authority. We enjoyed retirement and saw each day as a new adventure. Our music and new home kept us busy.
After 20 years of good health Janet was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and osteoporosis in 2007. Janet was given Reclast in December of that year for the osteoporosis and had no side effects at all. After a rocky start with the RA by 2009 she was back doing almost everything she had done before the RA. Since we hadn't for a few years, we even talked about taking the Airstream out again this year (2010); yes she could handle that 45 foot rig like a pro.
Her doctor recommended that she take the Reclast again and since she had met her insurance deductible for last year she decided to take her second dose. She had her Reclast infusion on October 8, 2009 and 35 days later she was dead.
I have compiled a journal of the last days of Janet's life. Each of the next 35 days I will post a daily entry from that journal. I hope this posting will save lives and if your doctor is really pushing this drug on you direct then to this site and let them read Janet's Story.
October 8, 2010
One year ago today Janet got ready for her Reclast infusion. She had followed the
pre-infusion instructions and drank lots of water. Her appointment was at 10:20am and by noon the fatal dose of Reclast had been administered.
We came home had lunch and then went out shopping. We went to a department store and the grocery. We had supper and the rest of the evening was uneventful. Janet felt fine. She spent the evening on the computes looking for sheet music.
Edited November 19, 2010 at 11:46 pm