Happy Halloween – don’t be scared to death

Today is Halloween and I have no idea what costume my son will wear when we go trick or treating tonight. He seems to change his mind daily. He desperately wanted to be Batman and my ultra-accomodating and big-hearted wife visited 14 stores in 5 different states to find the perfect Batman costume. Upon completing her costume quest she returned home from her journey and “tried” to put the Batman costume on our son.

You would have thought that she placed him into a torture device because as soon as he slipped into the costume he began to scream in a manner appropriate for Halloween. The Batman costume lasted all of 4.3 seconds. He then decided that he wanted to be the Green Lantern. My wife once embarked on a cross-country excursion to find a Green Lantern costume.

After consulting with design consultants at Pixar and Marvel Comics she found a Green Lantern costume. The costume was an improvement because he would at least put it on, kind of. The Green Lantern wears a mask and our son was fine with the one piece body suit but he was not afraid that his identity would be revealed so he felt no need for a mask. He wore the costume to Halloween Hijinks at the Benson Center and we thought everything was good to go for Halloween until…he announced that he has decided he wants to be Bumble Bee from Transformers for Halloween.

Bumble Bee is easy, he already has the costume and he has actually worn it more than once for more than 12 minutes. If the Bumble Bee costume doesn’t work out, no big deal, I’m sure he can masquerade as a screaming, indecisive three-year old.

The Wall Street Journal recently reported that it is actually possible to be “scared to death”. Here’s a quote from the article by Dr. Ilan Wittstein “A person who is walking around with a 50% narrowing of the arteries may never have symptoms, but if they’re held up at gunpoint or narrowly miss an auto accident, their adrenaline levels can rise and destabilize that plaque. That ruptured plaque can cause a blood clot to form, and now they have 100% blockage.”

So be careful out there tonight, drive safe, watch for little ghosts and goblins in the street and remember – it is possible to be “scared to death”!

About Craig Thompson

I am a young professional with two great sons, and I work in the healthcare setting. I am employed in hospital administration and serve as Chief Executive Officer at Golden Valley Memorial Healthcare in Clinton, Missouri. At GVMH we care for our families, friends and neighbors. We're committed to providing the safest, friendliest and most compassionate care to all we serve.
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