by Sharon

My brother died approximately January 10th, 2012 at age 49. He had been dead for approximately 3-4 days when they found him. He lived alone (divorced in 2006) and worked for Honey Springs Battlefield in Checotah, Oklahoma. He was a type 1 diabetic which means he was insulin dependent. My mother spoke with the sheriff after a neighbor found him dead, and told him about his disease. They contacted his doctor, whom he had seen approximately a year ago. He said he would sign the death certificate. I don't know yet what cause of death is on the death certificate. No autopsy was done because, I feel they attributed it to diabetes. When my family went to collect his belongings, they found an empty bottle of insulin and a syringe in the refrigerator. I didn't go with the family to collect his belongings because it was the day after he died and I didn't feel strong enough to do the task. Maybe I'm a weak person, but at least I admit it. I can't find out from the pharmacy the last time he refilled his insulin because of the HIPPA law. I also could not find out anything from the ambulance people because of the HIPPA law. I would have to get an attorney to get this information. I am very confused because I don't know if he either overdosed on insulin or did not have any when he needed it. Either way, it sounds like he took his own life, but don't have a death certificate yet. I will have to find out when death certificates are available to the public. I have yet to find out if insulin bottles have the prescription information on them or if they are contained in a box with the prescription information on it. My brother was an athlete in his youth, a nature lover, fisherman, hunter, and just a wonderful person. He would come to our house when he was in his 20's, just show up, and want to go fishing, hunting, sledding when it was snowy, or just to hang out. He loved our daughter and our daughter loved him. We just have so many questions about how he died, but without an autopsy, we'll never know. This makes his death even harder for us to bear. He made it a point to call in October to see if we would be at our parents on Thanksgiving, which he never did before. I guess he just assumed we would be before then. Just seems a red flag to me. I cannot get over the questions going on in my mind. About how I might have been able to stop what he had in mind, if he had doing away with himself in his mind. I am so tormented about it and don't know what to do.

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Feb 14, 2012
by: Anonymous

so sorry, i know how you feel

Jan 30, 2012
by: Anonymous

Im so sorry for your loss. I will pray for you and your family. I hope you find your answers. I dont understand no autopsy ? How can u find exact cause of death ? My son passed due to injuries from motorcycle accident and their diagnoses was just ooposite when we received autopsy report. I wont go into that.

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