Archive - May 2018 - Blog entry

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May 2nd

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.

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