Life: Morbid Math—The Rule of Fives

“Death isn’t the worst that can happen — just the most.”

— from the movie “Wish You Were Here”

[via Quora]


My husband was dying but we didn’t know how long it would take. One day our GP (who visited him at home almost every day, bless him) said: “We go by the rules of five. Five minutes without oxygen. Five days without water. Five weeks without food.” Bill stopped drinking and eating on Friday and died in the early morning of the following Wednesday. It was very good for us to know about the rule of five that applied to him. I just wish it was better known, as most people I’ve mentioned it to since then have never heard of it.


== PT

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