Originally Posted by tjwal
Likewise, anyone who has had a loved one die of cancer knows that it is extremely unlikely the patient will be placing calls during the last couple of days.
I work on a Cancer ward were a patient with Pancreatic Cancer was on the Care of the Dying Pathway. I was having a normal lucid conversation with him one day, then 3 days later after my days off I came back to work were he was unconscious and in the end stage of life. He passed away 2 days later.
So in the space of 5 days he went from having all of his faculties to passing away, he was in his 40's.
There's a possibility that Steve Jobs may have been actively engaged in working especially if he chose not to take any powerful pain killers. Some people choose not to take pain killers even when in excruciating pain because they want to be 'with it', mindful of their thoughts and self aware before succumbing to the inevitable.
I find these type of people have a very powerful sense of self and have the ability to function well in the periods were they are relatively pain free and quite close to death. Steve Jobs I would surmise was this type of person.