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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Thought For The Day – Never in the history of calming someone down has anybody ever been calmed down by someone telling them to calm down.