The Sad Fate of Lamar Odom
Since the tragic October overdose and sequential strokes and coma, Lamar Odom has been tested and tried with difficulties that would- and have- ended many lives before him. Through the support of an amazing medical staff and the love of those closest to him, Lamar is slowly but steadily recovering.
His recovery has been anything but easy, however. From threats of legal actions, difficulty with speech and fine motor skills, and memory issues, Lamar’s recovery has been highly publicized, with much of the public remaining critical of the former NBA player. With memes about the Kardashians’ role in his downfall, people are turning the tragedy that has befallen this man into a joke. But I behoove those insensitive to the reality of Lamar’s struggle to take a closer look.
Lamar Odom will never be the same. Despite all the reports of improvements and positive outlooks, the reality is he suffered a severe reaction to a drug overdose, resulting in 12 strokes and a three day coma. Doctors still aren’t sure just how extensive the damage done to his brain is and how it will continue to affect his life. But Lamar Odom will never return to the person he was before this unfortunate overdose.
New reports by People Magazine reveal that as the days of Odom’s recuperation continue to add up, it is becoming more clear that though Odom is making progress, he will require aid and care even after he is released from the hospital. At this point, more than a month after he was discovered unconscious in an Arizona brothel, there still isn’t an exact time frame for when Lamar will be discharged. He is expected to remain in the hospital for at least a few more months.
Khloe Kardashian, Lamar’s estranged wife, has remained a near constant anchor at his side, making decisions concerning his care and trying to encourage him to enter rehabilitation. The TV personality wrote on her personal blog recently that 2015 has been an increasingly trying year. US Weekly reported the post as well as her reported plans to host a special Thanksgiving meal at Lamar’s bedside.
Kardashian has been the target of her own critics who either think she is only at Lamar’s side because of the media attention, or that she is wrong for continuing to pursue her own interests. Through it all, Khloe has been stronger than many women would be in her position; she deserves respect and empathy.
I hope that the high profile nature of Lamar Odom’s struggles following his overdose will open the eyes of someone out there experiencing similar battles with addiction. Some people don’t truly understand how serious the effects of overdose are; they believe themselves above overdose or that overdose is just not a big deal.
Hopefully, if nothing else, the sad fate of Lamar Odom will serve as a wake-up call.
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Alexandrea Holder is a South Florida native working toward double Master’s degrees in Psychology and English. She finds the psychological aspects of addiction and mental illness fascinating, as both are prevalent in her family’s history. When not researching and spreading addiction awareness, Alexandrea enjoys sparring, artistic pursuits, and admiring puppies online.