In high school he broke his wrist and his ankle, both while stupidly playing around. (He fell off a railroad boxcar and a stage.) He also had his appendix removed in high school and still has a six-inch abdominal scar from the procedure.
In his third year of teaching he was rushed to the emergency room after having symptoms that appeared to be a heart attack. His heart was determined to be fine, and the symptoms were diagnosed as peritoneal tachycardia--pain due to an inflammation of the lining of the sac in which the heart rests. Fortunately, the symptoms have only recurred since then when he undergoes stress at high altitude (such as hiking in the mountains).
His only other hospitalization was for ear surgery that was a result of chronic infections that lasted for more than ten years, starting when he took a swimming class in college. He now has a reconstructed eardrum in his left ear. That causes a significant, but manageable hearing loss.
Since he quit chewing tobacco in the mid '90s, Mr. Burrow has had very few medical problems. In fact, he has seen the doctor only for basic check-ups in the past decade. His main ongoing health problem is hypertension, a common problem on his mother's side of the family. With daily medication, his blood pressure is kept under good control, and while his lipid levels are not ideal, they are not abnormal. He has had few other complaints in recent years.
David Burrow, after surgery to reconstruct his eardrum
A mostly healthy David Burrow standing by the superintendent's office at Bishop Garrigan High School
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