Holden does get very sick in Catcher, but he doesn't die. He ends up in a hospital, recuperating, but his condition doesn't have a whole lot to do with pneumonia. He's depressed to the point of a nervous breakdown.
Stress can do a lot of things to a person. For Holden, it unhinges him. All his pent-up fear and sadness comes spilling out at the end of the book. Last night, stress got the best of me. I went to bed, fell asleep, and woke up with EMS guys in my bedroom. My blood sugar was eleven, and I was having seizures.
I don't know why it happened. I tested my blood sugar and ate a snack before I went to bed. I remember being really tired when I climbed under the covers. So tired I couldn't keep my eyes open. And then, I'm having some weird dream where my arm is being stretched out by dark, shadowy figures. I remember strange, deep voices, too. And then I woke up with an IV in my arm.
Because of my close encounter of the ambulance kind this morning, I've been tired and achy all day long. I want to go to bed and stay there for about a week.
Pneumonia is sounding pretty good to Saint Marty right now.
|Been there, done this...|