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An Elegy for Maggie Dixon

MAGGIE DIXON

The time cadets rushed on the court
To carry you off in a large tumult
Of crisp fatigues from long grey lines,

I’ll remember that one every time.

Too young to think you have to die,
Too young to be in poetry.
Too young to have a last regret,
Too young to die in your footsteps.

And now, and now you lie at rest
In honored soil that tears have blessed.
Now those who loved you carry you on
To courts they feel your spirit on.

They play each year inside your name.
They play for memory, and for fame.
And though your death still makes no sense,
Your life does make a difference.

Día de Muertos

I am not from Mexico but I do celebrate Día de Muertos with our good neighbors to the south, even if it is for different reasons. On Nov first 2012 , I stopped into the cafeteria of my engineering firm to pick up some breakfast. I walked to my desk and began preparing my work for the day. I was feeling a bit tired but assumed it was from the Halloween activities the night before. My mother was in town and we had a pretty long run of trick-or-treating with my 4 year old daughter. At around 8:40 a co worker asked if I could come give some inspiration to a fellow teammate who was struggling with quitting smoking. Yes, I was asked to provided encouragement and advice to a friend about living a healthy lifestyle. After all I had previously been a 1/2 pack a day smoker and was quite proud of my knowledge of top shelf bourbon, but I had given all that up to become a more active and healthier person.

I love to tell how I survived SCA just because I can!

It was a cold, but dry day in Saintfield, Northern Ireland. The 17th January 2011 was to be the day that we finalised an insurance claim for our business, which had been very badly water damaged by burst pipes in the apartments upstairs. On the way home we called at the shop. There were workmen resurfacing the road and the traffic was slow, almost at a standstill.

We parked and walk the short distance to the door of the shop. Graham was one step in front and suddenly I felt dizzy. I tried to say "I don't feel well", but it was too late. I just dropped.

Graham was in a panic and had no idea what to do. Just then, Michelle, who is a school nurse was sitting in the traffic, she shouted to Graham, " do you need help? Graham said he did and she quickly came over.

What are the most serious problems with CPR?

FROM 10,000 feet:
1. We're not focusing on training the people who most need to be trained. The people most likely to need to perform CPR are about the same age as - and live alone with - the victim.
2. The technique most commonly taught is something that the vast majority cannot perform for ten minutes.
3. Many of the people who will be called upon to perform CPR weigh too little to perform 2" chest compression on a chest of average stiffness.
4. Even with free instruction, many people who need to know won't take the time to learn.

THE DETAILS:

SCA Survivor since 12/27/2007

One morning at 6:30 a.m. two days after Christmas, my husband and I were just approaching the TSA at LAX after visiting our son and his family. I suddenly felt faint and said to my husband "I feel like I'm going to faint". He said I just dropped and he was close enough to catch me before I hit the ground. My eyes were open and I had no heart beat. He immediately started CPR and yelled for help. LAX personnel pulled me away from my husband and a nurse who was helping him (she compressed my heart while he blew into my mouth). They tried the first automatic defibrillator and it didn't work. Another one was called for and it did the job. I was resuscitated a total of 7 times before the doctors at the hospital miraculously saved my life by inserting two stints in my LAD. I was put into a medically induced coma for 5 days and awoke with no memory of much except saying I felt faint at the airport.

The Miracle

On November 18, 2015, I went into cardiac arrest and suffered a heart attack while participating in a parents vs. kids soccer game with my 8 year old son. I was able to get in a whole four minutes before suffering my episode. Immediately a combination of four people started performing CPR until the local rescue squad and paramedics where on site. I had to be shocked with an AED twice to get my pulse back. From there I was air lifted to Cooper Hospital in Camden NJ and was immediately put under a hypothermic treatment which lowered my body temperature in effort to preserve brain functions. Once it was realized that my brain was fine, I was taken off this to allow my body temperature to rise and start preparing for surgery.

Mary Newman Rocks!

Check out the Fox News report on the parade at ECCU
http://fox5sandiego.com/2015/12/10/1200-marchers-encourage-people-to-lea...

Bob

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AEDs Save Lives, But AEDs in Hiding Are Rendered Useless

See Huffington Post blog here.

Automated external defibrillators (AEDs) save lives threatened by sudden cardiac arrest. However even when the lifesaving devices are widely deployed, they are not always available when needed, according to a new study reported at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions. To address the issue, the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation calls for 24/7 access to the lifesaving devices.

It works

The Short Version
An elderly male suffered a cardiac arrest at a meeting. Another elderly male began to perform manual CPR but quickly tired and was unable to continue. The other person present - who had recently read an interview with one of the authors of an article in the American Journal of Emergency Medicine regarding Heel Compression CPR began to perform Heel CPR. The victim's heart was restarted before the arrival of EMS.

That's the whole point of Heel CPR - when you cannot get down on the ground or you have a problem pressing hard enough on the chest to get adequate compression depth, consider an alternative: Heel CPR. Go to www.slicc.org/ClassVideo and click on the Adult CPR video.

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