Amy just returned home from a very depressing shift at work. Being an RN for 19 years, it takes a lot for something to get under her skin and really get her down. She's seen pretty much all of it... the best & worst of the Human Condition. This was some of the worst.
She gets a call in ICU that the ER will be sending her someone up after they get her stabilized. The someone is a woman, 42 years old, married, 2 teenage daughters, educated, no history of drug abuse-however started drinking heavily for the first time in her life 2 years ago after some "event". A couple hours later 2 ER nurses bring up this lady. She's a mess.
Husband is with her and tells Amy that she got very depressed a couple years ago about "something" [he doesn't go into details... according to Amy, this is standard]. She goes from having never touched alcohol to a raging alcoholic in short time. 21 months later, Amy has her as a patient. Her liver is basically a milkshake, huge amounts of internal bleeding-most of which the trauma surgeons cannot stop, her brain is swollen and read to pop from all the alcohol.
Her husband found her earlier last night passed out in a cheap, roach-motel laying on the floor, covered in her own shit with 8 empty bottles of vodka around her.
She's on a vent, has a "do not resuscitate" order on her placed there by 3 very heartbroken people... her family: a husband, a 17 year old daughter and a 14 daughter.
Amy goes back to work later today, actually in 8 1/2 hours. Amy said that there is about a 99.8% chance that the woman will be in the morgue by then and if she's still in ICU, she won't see tomorrow morning at all.
What the fuck could have happened to have made someone want THIS so bad? I can understand a moment or even a few moments... but 2 years of hell-bent desire to burn up your insides[!!]... what could DO this to someone, what event?