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  • mosseybuckmosseybuck Posts: 566 Senior Member
    Jeez Mike! I just read your thread and it almost gave me a cardiac arrest! We've only been able to manage a couple of hunts together but they were both highlights of my hunting days. We Jarheads have to stick together so take care and get well real soon! You're in my prayers.
    USMC '59-'65, NRA Lifer, Tennessee Squire
  • JayhawkerJayhawker Posts: 18,314 Senior Member
    Mike...check out the Maxpedition Gearslingers.
    I can lend you mine if you want to see how it works for you...
    Sharps Model 1874 - "The rifle that made the west safe for Winchester"
  • bobbyrlf3bobbyrlf3 Posts: 2,608 Senior Member
    Good googly-moogly!  I gotta check in more often.  Mike, so glad you're gonna be ok.  You're in my Prayers, friend. 
    Knowledge is essential to living freely and fully; understanding gives knowledge purpose and strength; wisdom is combining the two and applying them appropriately in words and actions.
  • Big ChiefBig Chief Posts: 32,995 Senior Member
    You lose any more weight and you need to change your screen name to String Bean! 
    It's only true if it's on this forum where opinions are facts and facts are opinions
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  • LinefinderLinefinder Posts: 7,835 Senior Member
    Quick update. I went to work Tuesday all full of pee & vinegar. Made it till 2pm then went home. "Not too bad for a first day back". I thought. Went in Wednesday and caught myself dozing off at my desk while doing some online training....at 7:30 AM! Decided to take off the rest of the week. 

    Best I can tell, I slept 17 of the last 24 hours. I can tell I'm still tired, though, which surprises me. But, aside from tired and my ribs still hurting, I think I'm okay.

    Thanks,all, for your thoughts & prayers. It means a lot.

    "Walking away seems to be a lost art form."
  • JermanatorJermanator Posts: 16,244 Senior Member
    Meaning....I don't think I'll ever be able to hump a backpack again.

    Meh. Give things a month or two to heal up. Nice try, but you ain't getting out of it that easy, you bum.
    Reason obeys itself; and ignorance submits to whatever is dictated to it.
    -Thomas Paine
  • bisleybisley Posts: 10,815 Senior Member
    I am so happy to still have you in my world, even though we have not met.

    I've witnessed similar to what happened to you and seen the flurry of activity that prevented it from being fatal, and it is something I will never forget. I was having a conversation with my dad as he was getting dressed to go home from the emergency room, after being treated for a heart issue. It was like someone just flipped a switch, and he was gone. Within about 30 seconds, a team of about a dozen doctors and nurses were working frantically over him, and I saw them bring him back from flat line on the heart monitor, with chest compressions, aerators, paddles, adrenaline, the whole works, really just like I had seen it done on the TV dramas. I got out of the way, but refused to leave the room, so they called two security guards to make sure I couldn't cause a problem. It was an amazing experience, and I had nothing but praise for those involved.

    My dad was 80 years old and had other issues, too, but he did well on the defibrillator, which was a very new device at that time. I hope to hear more on this subject, as you progress. You are a highly valued member of this forum for your thoughtfulness, fairness, and technical accuracy, so you can be a good reporter on this subject, too.

    Get well, soon, partner.
  • BigDanSBigDanS Posts: 6,992 Senior Member
    Glad you are still here!  What a scare... Regarding your potassium regulation, too much potassium in your system will stop your heart, so stay on top of it.  Be better soon!!!
    "A patriot is mocked, scorned and hated; yet when his cause succeeds, all men will join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot." Mark Twain
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  • LinefinderLinefinder Posts: 7,835 Senior Member
    • Thanks for the kind words, Bisley, but the honest truth is I don't remember any of it. From what I remember, i

    how in the hell do you get rid of italics? God, I hate this new foremat.
    "Walking away seems to be a lost art form."
  • GilaGila Posts: 1,936 Senior Member
    • Thanks for the kind words, Bisley, but the honest truth is I don't remember any of it. From what I remember, i

    how in the hell do you get rid of italics? God, I hate this new foremat.
    Use the selections in the menu above;  bold, italic, oops... 
    No good deed goes unpunished...
  • Miss MaryMiss Mary Posts: 743 Senior Member
    Haven't been on here for a while, new format is a show stopper for me but so very glad all the ducks were in a row and that you are doing so well.  Prayers for continued healing and thanksgiving for you remarkable survival!
  • snake284snake284 Posts: 22,429 Senior Member
    I was walking across the machine shop floor around 1pm, Monday 13 August. The next thing I know,  it's 5 pm Friday, 17 Aug.

    Long story short, I had a ventricular fibrillation resulting in cardiac arrest. I was extremely lucky in that a young mechanical engineer just by chance was looking directly at me when I dropped. Had he not been, no one would have seen me due to equipment blocking the view, and I would have been dead within 3 to 4 minutes. Luckily, he was performing chest compressions on me within 20 seconds, while yelling for help, which brought our HR director with AED paddles, while someone else called 911. The local emergency medical response company stations ambulances at strategic points throughout the city, and one of those places is 1 minute away from my workplace. Which means that within 4 minutes of me hitting the floor, the pros were cracking half a dozen of my ribs along with my sternum. 

    Once in ICU, they dropped my body temp to 82F to avoid organ damage and brain swelling. They kept me in an induced coma while raising my body temp one half degree per hour. Once I was back to  98.6 they installed a Medtronic internal cardiac defibrillator. 

    I started becoming aware of my surroundings around 6pm Friday. My wife, god bless her, hadn't left my side except for the time it took to take 1 shower.

    That's pretty much the exciting part, and I was unaware of any of it. The next 4 days was waiting to get released. I got home yesterday around 2pm.

    They've got me on 7 different drugs,  some of them 3 times a day. It seems my body doesn't process potassium properly, which is a major factor in regulating heartbeat.

    While I wish it hadn't happened, I consider myself a very lucky man on many levels.

    So.....Hi, ya'll. It's good to be back.

    Good to have you back with the living. We're all a heartbeat away from.the other side. The Lord just wasn't ready for you to come home yet. Hang in there.
    Daddy, what's an enabler?
    Son that's somebody with nothing to do with his time but keep me in trouble with mom.
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