In A Heartbeat

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 022017

You can be going through life fat, dumb, and happy, without a care in the world, and it can all change in a heartbeat. We are experiencing that ourselves right now.

While we were waiting for the air conditioner repair man to get here yesterday morning we got a call telling us that my 35 year old daughter Tiffany had collapsed and gone into full code cardiac arrest. Paramedics got her heart started again and she is now in the hospital on a ventilator, in a medically induced coma. Doctors said her potassium level was near zero, they have detected an enlarged heart, and she apparently threw up and aspirated into her lungs. They won’t know what effects being without oxygen are going to have on her long term. Estimates are that it took 3-5 minutes to get her heart beating again, but those numbers are not confirmed. I’ve been told that six minutes without oxygen is the magic number before you start losing function. Hopefully we will know more sometime this afternoon.

We are making plans to head to our old town of Show Low, Arizona as soon as possible, depending on what we hear this afternoon. It being the middle of the holiday weekend, finding airline tickets is darned near impossible. We couldn’t get anything out of Orlando or Tampa unless we want to go to the airport and sit around and wait for a chance to catch a standby seat on a flight, and the best alternative I could come up with for today would be to drive to Tallahassee (250 miles) to catch a flight to Denver, Colorado and then a connecting flight to Las Vegas, Nevada, and then to rent a car and drive 385 miles to Show Low. Or we can wait until Wednesday and get a flight from Orlando to Phoenix and rent a car and drive the hundred miles or so to Show Low. Given all that, it’s almost as quick to jump in the car and drive the 2,000 miles from here.

While all that was going on, the air conditioner repairman came and checked out our AC/heat pump unit, which sits outside in one of our carports. He added two pounds of Freon, fixed some wiring that really needed attention, and got it running again for us. But he said the salt air has pretty much corroded the cooling fins, which is why we are not getting good airflow. His opinion was that even though it is working now, it’s not long for this world. Of course, that’s the least of my priorities at this time.

I managed to make my befuddled brain work enough to get the new issue of the paper done, though I had to cut it back by one page. Terry will make the final corrections today and then I will send it out to our subscribers. Hopefully they will forgive me for the one day delay and being shorted by one page.

I don’t know where we are going to be this time tomorrow, or if I will have Internet access to post a blog, or enough sanity to do so. If not, Greg White will post a brief update. If you are someone who prays, right now we need all you can give us.

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  26 Responses to “In A Heartbeat”

  1. I’m so sorry to her hear about your daughter, but prayers are flowing your at !!!

  2. Oh dear Nick…this is the worst a parent can go through…will add your daughter’s name to our prayer list!! SO hope she will come out of this ok!! You 2 be careful if you drive that long way too!!

  3. Prayers for all. Have you considered a train? Amtrak?

  4. Nick and Terry I am one who believes in the power of prayer and not only will I be praying but will pass this on to my church family who will be praying.
    We have met once before at the TT campgrounds near Florence Oregon
    ~Betty Graffis

  5. The first plus is that it appears that someone was there to make a call for help.
    You want to be there, but you need to take the time it takes to get there un-frazzled to be supportive.
    There is much I would suggest to be watchful for during the recovery time. It seems that there is not enough coaching of the cardiac care staff regarding treating brain injury patients.
    I spent much time sitting with my wife while her memory started coming back together after her cardiac arrest and anoxic brain injury.
    There are many of us out here who have experienced the stress and heartache. We can’t fix it, but we can share your pain.

  6. I am sending all the love and support possible to you both. Hope you will have some good news by the time you get there. Just be careful. We are all supporting you!

  7. Prayers for your daughter and you and Terry. Praying for safe travels for you
    whatever plans you decide.

  8. Prayers for your daughter and you and Terry as you make your travel plans, and for safe travel.

  9. I’m sending love and prayers to your daughter and your family. Please be safe and keep us updated.

  10. Nick–I am so very sorry to hear about your daughter, and pray for her full and quick recovery. Have you checked the Southwest Airlines website? There appear to be about 10 flights tomorrow from Orlando to Phoenix that have not been sold out.

  11. Nick and Terry,
    I am so saddened to hear this news about your daughter. I have always enjoyed your blogs about your visits with your children. Please drive carefully and give those granddaughters an extra hug from all of us.

  12. Prayers for your family. Hop in that new car of Miss Terry’s and get there ASAP.
    Even the gas and hotel rooms would be cheaper than air fare and car rentals.

  13. I don’t respond to your blogs hardly ever. My thoughts are with you. Having children that age, I can only imagine the anxiety you are feeling. Be calm.

  14. Prayers going up for your daughter, and for your, and Terry’s, safety as you travel. In Jesus Name!

  15. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. We hope that everything will be all right. Be safe in your travels and don’t worry about the blog.

  16. Sorry to hear about this turn of events. Be careful. We will be here when you get time.

  17. You will be in our thoughts and prayers. Our hearts go put to you. When our children are seriously ill, it is the worst!

  18. Sending Tiffany and you all the positive energy we can muster here in Port Orford!

  19. Nick, I’m so sorry to hear about your daughter. Sending prayers and positive thoughts that she will have a full recovery. Safe travels to you and Terry.

  20. Tiffany is in my prayers as are you and your family.

  21. Nick, we are praying for you and your family right now. We’e been through the fire and have seen first hand, the power of prayer. We will keep you and the family in prayer as long as it takes.

  22. Praying for you and your family. Very sad to read this post. However, keep the faith. All things are possible.

  23. Oh no! I don’t pray often but you’re in them. Hoping for the best.

  24. Our prayers are with your family and Tiffany. She is young and will pull thru. God Bless.

  25. you could stay in my apartment – in Pensacola -(posted 3pm Monday)

    850 433 1620 – if you are driving thru…


  26. Nick & Miss Terry, You and yours are in my thoughts and prayers.

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