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Gard's Illness

Discussion in 'The Tommyknockers' started by Couturenoir, Sep 3, 2016.

  1. Couturenoir

    Couturenoir New Member

    Hi
    I have read Tommyknockers 5 times but couldn't figure out whether Gard was suffering from Tuberculosis or another illness, as he was permanently spitting blood. Could someone give an explanation.
    Thanks for your feedback.
     
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  2. Dana Jean

    Dana Jean Dirty Pirate Hooker Moderator

    Welcome Couturenoir!
     
  3. GNTLGNT

    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ...never gave it much thought but kind of assumed it was lung cancer...now that I've been a nurse for a buncha years, maybe I should do another re-read....
     
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  4. Doc Creed

    Doc Creed Well-Known Member

    I always thought it was from his binge drinking and blackouts. Maybe he was suffering from an alcohol-related disease? I do know that, even with the steel plate in his head, he wasn't completely immune to the ship/Tommyknockers. Then, at the end, he was
    physically injured and slowly dying from these injuries.
     
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  5. Doc Creed

    Doc Creed Well-Known Member

    One of my favorite King characters of all time, by the way.
     
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  6. doowopgirl

    doowopgirl very avid fan

    Welcome. I always assumed it was too much hard living.
     
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  7. Couturenoir

    Couturenoir New Member

    Thank you all for the feedbacks - yes, no doubt that he was going through a hard and terrible phase in his life.
     
  8. GNTLGNT

    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ...bleeding ulcers or leaking esophageal varices could do it as well, now that I have a bit of nursing knowledge, but ruptured varices would have killed him in no time...could have been stomach cancer complications too...
     
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