Daddy reads too much (and should probably stop) in regards to SIDS. Unfortunately, Daddy reads too many opinions regarding what SIDS is and what it is not. Even more unfortunate is that most people, who think they know what SIDS is, are either under-informed, misinformed, or just plain ignorant to the subject. Daddy can not even begin to tell you how many people insist that SIDS is suffocation, asphyxiation, or hypoxia. If this is the case, why have the label "SIDS"?
It seems quite obvious to me that these other explanations already are defined, therefore being the actual cause of death. It seems even more obvious that if the "experts" are correct, any medical examiner, doctor, paramedic, researcher, forensic investigator, and everyone else involved in determining SIDS deaths would come to the conclusion to put any of those other causes of death on the death certificate. Silly me, I read your death certificate and it does not say suffocation, asphyxiation, or hypoxia...it says Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. That seems pretty clear to me, so why is it so difficult for others to accept SIDS as an actual cause of death? Why do they have to find a reason to point fingers and blurt out utter stupidity when silence would serve them so much better? Well, Colin, Daddy may be kind of smart, but even he can not figure this one out.
Daddy is going to switch gears here for a second...to all who read this and still want to question, argue, debate that SIDS is anything other than SIDS, please just be kind enough to keep your opinions to yourself. As Colin's father, I live with the stigma and burden of being a SIDS parent, and the only thing that your questioning the cause of death for any SIDS parent does is pour lots of salt in a very deep wound. We would love a concrete answer instead of a diagnosis of exclusion, trust me. However, suffocation, asphyxiation, or hypoxia have already been excluded...thus the reason for the label "SIDS" to exist.
As always, I love you very much!