there were no warning signs... i was... awake and right next to him. all i heard was some vomit, but by the time i raalized, his pulminary cavities were already full of vomit and i was never able to revive him... was there anything i should have done to prevent his death?
I am so very sorry for your loss. Don't blame yourself, I'm sure you had no idea what the underlying cause was and unless you are an e.m.t or trained in the medical field, it's hard to know what to do in a case like your husbands. Methadone and all other opiate/opioids slow down the respiratory system and can cause somnolence (sleepy/drowsiness) and the gag reflex can be compromised. It is tragic but not uncommon in those who are on high or maintenance doses especially if tranquilizers are involved. You didn't say what his dose was or how long he has been on it, I just wanted you to know that you did what you could considering the circumstances. Again, my condolences. Take care of yourself, Julie
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