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Why Friday the 13th will always be MY lucky day

My survivor story:
I am a semi retired self employed businesssman who with my wife own a few laundromats in Lehigh Valley, PA. Due to the normal business functions at both facilities on Fridays getting ready for the weekends, we generally split up and try to get both done simultaneously so as not to drag out the day.

Last Fri of this past week, the 13th, I asked that she join me as a witness to a employee firing I was going to do because of theft of services. I had spent a week pouring over video tapes, gathering evidence and documentation and also had already conferred with the local Slate Belt Regional Police Dept on this subject to verify that I was in fact within my bounds to press charges.

My Story of Survival

4-6 Minutes: The Story of How CPR/AED Training for School Personnel Saved My Life

My Story

On February 1st, 2018, I began my day the same way that most administrators do: with a meeting. In fact, my morning was full of meetings, most of which I made it to, the last of which, I did not.

When I stepped foot into the District Office of Pecatonica School District, a wave of dizziness hit me like a ton of bricks. I tried to speak, but within mere seconds, I passed out. Not only did I pass out, but my heart experienced ventricular fibrillation, the most serious cardiac rhythm disturbance, and I suffered from Sudden Cardiac Arrest.

CONSCIOUS EXPERIENCE DURING Cardiac Arrest (LQTS-3)

I have Type 3 LONG-QT Syndrome
Cardiac Arrest on January 17, 2012, January 21, 2016, January 20, 2018.
I had my third experience of cardiac arrest this year.
Of course I remember each Near-Death-Experience, but that is not what I am seeking here.
What keeps me seeking answers is during those three "precious and agonizing" minutes of consciousness
knowing that I am dying. When you know that you are dying, that this last moment of making
sense of what is happening and saying to myself that "I am Ready" each time is the good part. I never lose consciousness
until my three minutes are up. Yet It is the suffocating that is worse than the cardiac death. I beg God to hurry up and let me go unconscious to stop the agony. Then I black out and spontaneously wake in the ambulance consciously aware of the events later.
I have changed so much in my life, behavior and awareness. I now refuse all material related assumptions of happiness.

Life after Death

I have no memory of Sunday, May 21, 2017, and I’m lucky to be alive.

Similar to other Sundays during the spring, I was playing softball in the Chesapeake and Potomac Softball (CAPS) league at Watkins Regional Park in Maryland. I drove to the fields at 09:30, stopping at 7-11 for water and a protein bar and then headed to Watkins. In the parking lot, I met up with a former teammate and good friend and we talked about softball and an upcoming trip I planned to take in June to Barcelona and Amsterdam. The game started at 11:30. About an hour later, as it headed into extra innings, I asked some former teammates about those rules and relayed them back to my team.

Lost my big sister

Last Monday, April 23 2018, my sister died from cardiac arrest. She was 65. My 20 yr old son heard her fall and found her on the floor by the washer and dryer. She didn't respond and was not breathing. He immediately called 911. I was at work when he was finally able to get to me. He had his grandmother (his father's mother) call me at work. I completely lost it. I have, or rather had, 3 older sisters. This was the one I was closest to. Not only my sister but also my best friend. She didn't make it. It took the EMTs 15 minutes to get her heart started again. Which was too long. Her brain died from not getting any oxygen. Her body hasn't died yet. Her heart is now beating on its own and she's breathing on her own now. But the reality is that my sister is gone. I miss her so very much.

Please vote in favor of PA Senate Bill 521

A Letter to Members of the Pennsylvania State Senate

My story

Hi there!

Memory Loss

It has been seven years now and I still have some short term memory loss issues, is this normal, I was dead for 5 minutes and they had to hit me with the paddles 5 separate times before they got me back to a normal rhythm, I was taken to the hospital and put into a coma for 48 hours on one of those tables that lowers the body temp and moves you around so you don't get bed sores.

It is sort of effecting my job performance, can anything be done to help?

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Adding Youth to the Chain of Survival

What if your daughter went to school tomorrow and didn’t come home? She didn’t run away; she was not kidnapped. She collapsed. In Math Class. You get a call from her friend saying she fell out of her seat and was shaking on the floor, and now she is not moving, and not breathing. They called 911 and help is on the way. No one in her class knows how to do cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and the school nurse is out sick. How can this be happening? Doesn’t everyone know CPR? And isn’t there a defibrillator in her school? You rush to the school. The ambulance has just arrived and the emergency medical technicians are trying to revive her. But it is too late.

Celebrate World Health Day: Help Raise Awareness About Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Join or support the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation team at the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community in Pittsburgh, PA on Saturday, May 12th.

Today is World Health Day. You are invited to celebrate this global day of health awareness by supporting the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation team at the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community. The annual event, scheduled for May 12th in Pittsburgh, is underwritten by Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, so all funds raised go directly participating nonprofits.
 

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