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A great example of why everyone should invest the time and effort to learn basic life saving skills
 
The abrupt end of this week's +All About Android

I realize I ended this week's episode with a rather sudden shift in tone and subject matter, and I mentioned not wanting to go into further detail as to why.

Truth be told, I'm still coming to terms with the experience, and every day, its getting easier to understand what happened, but what I realize is that there are only positive things that can come from sharing the story, especially because it has a happy ending. THANKFULLY.

 I didn't want to get into details during the show cause I didn't want to dilute the message, or misconstrue my reason for doing so.

But honestly, it weighs heavily on my heart, and I think writing about it might actually help me to move beyond it, and might actually encourage others to take action of their own if ever they are in a similar position.

Last weekend, I was at a pool party with lots of friends and families. Towards the end of the evening as it was getting dark, I decided to throw on some goggles and dive into the pool to see if I could swim from one side to the other while holding my breath. When I started underwater, I notice a dark form on the floor of the other side of the pool. Unsure what it was, but fearing it might be a person or child, I suddenly found myself swimming as fast as I could to investigate and sure enough it was the body of a little boy, my friends son.

Holding my breath underwater was never easier at that moment, I still hadn't come up for air. Adrenaline is a crazy thing. The boy was lying on the pool floor, face down, absolutely still and completely colorless. It was as if he was lying on your living room floor, but at the bottom of 4.5 feet of water. He had drowned. My reaction was to swim to him as quickly as possible and lift him out of the pool, which I did. This is a scene that has replayed in my mind countless times since then. It's kept me up at night and its brought me to tears.

My memory is somewhat splotchy but I remember coming up with his body and screaming "Help! Help! I need help!" over and over as loud as I could scream, at which time THANKFULLY his parents were there quickly, running over and pulling him from my arms.

I then recall his mom on top of him at the side of the pool doing chest compressions and counting up to 30, then pausing as his dad breathed into his son's mouth 2-3 times. At which time his mom began swiftly compressing his chest counting loudly to 30 as she did it, basically repeating the process. I learned about CPR prior to having our first child so the process wasn't foreign to me, but watching two people who REALLY knew what they were doing (he is in fitness, she is a nurse) was really powerful. Knowing that it was his parents made it even more so.

This went on for around 2-3 minutes, though my sense of time is warped. All I know is at some point, I eventually saw the boy twitch a few times ("he's moving! holy shit he's moving..."), move his arm, and finally vomit all over the pool while still lying on his back.

CPR continued until it was obvious that he was lucid and by this time, the ambulance had arrived. He was whisked away to the ER with his parents. My wife and I kept their 2 year old daughter with us to take care of her while they went to the hospital with their son.

Something to know about drowning is that simply reviving a person who has drowned does not in fact mean they are out of harms way. Secondary drowning is something that happens when water enters the lungs, like happens when someone is drowning, and restricted breathing as a result of that trapped water can take place anywhere between 1-24 hours after the incident. Risk is low (1-2%) but significant. He had considerable water in his lungs and pumping his lungs of water still resulted in about 10% of the water still in there that they couldn't pump out. He was monitored in the hospital for 48 hours to be safe.

He was also given a multitude of brain scans and tests and all tests came back positive. No brain damage, something that begins to set in after around 4-6 minutes of no oxygen to the brain.

We don't know how long he was in the water. Based on his skin color (grayish to blue) when I found him, and based on the tests and oxygen saturation in his body, the hospital expects he was likely in the pool for around 2-4 minutes. Meaning had I not gone into the pool when I did (a freaky, random decision on my part cause I NEVER swim laps thanks to a shoulder surgery years ago, and I also NEVER wear goggles cause I don't actually own any), he would likely be brain damaged at the very least, or worse yet, dead. We literally got to him, and revived him at the last possible moment.

We were lucky. So fucking lucky.This boy has been given a second chance at life. His parents were given a second chance at having a son.

CPR LITERALLY BROUGHT HIM BACK TO LIFE FROM DEATH.

Because of quick action on our parts, he is alive. On Monday while at work, I got a text message. I checked it and it was a photo of him in his hospital smock, smiling and playing. It hit me hard. That being two days after the incident. If anything had happened differently, I could instead be getting a text message with details of his funeral. Instead, I got a picture of him being a four year old kid, happy and healthy, and ALIVE.

This is why I didn't tell the story on the show. Please don't mistake this post for being a story about me and how I helped. This is not my story. This is about how knowing what to do in an emergency actually saves lives, and that's important stuff. If YOU know CPR, something that takes little time to learn.... YOU could be the one to bring someone back to life from death.

Can you even understand how powerful that is? You are literally a super hero. Magical powers. All that shit. Knowing this is the difference between life and death.

(deep breath) OK I feel better.

Become CPR certified, please: http://www.redcross.org/ux/take-a-class
Why Train with the Red Cross? Training people how to respond to and prepare for emergencies is a core mission of the American Red Cross. We offer a range of health and safety classes that teach you new skills, keep you knowledgeable, confident and ready to respond in almost any emergency ...
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Abaddon is upon us the field of battle has been defined. Who will join me in this noble effort

That he which hath no stomach to this fight,
Let him depart; his passport shall be made,
And crowns for convoy put into there purse;
We would not fight in that individuals company
That fears his fellowship to die with us.
This day is call’d the feast of Abaddon.
He that outlives this day, and comes safe home,
Will stand a tip-toe when this day is nam’d,
And rouse him at the name of Abbadon.
We that shall live this day, and see old age,
Will yearly on the vigil feast his neighbours,
And say “To-morrow is Abaddon.”
Then will he strip our sleeve and show our scars,
And say “These wounds I had on Abaddons Anomaly.”
Old individuals forget; yet all shall be forgot,
But we’ll remember, with advantages,
What feats we did that day. 
Be in their flowing cups freshly rememb’red.
This story shall the good  teach  children;
And Abaddon shall ne’er go by,
From this day to the ending of the world,
But we in it shall be remembered-
We few, we happy few, we band of Resistance;
For they that fire there bursters  with me
Shall be my teammate; be he ne’er so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition;
And individuals in the Resistance now-a-bed
Shall think themselves accurs’d they were not here,
And hold their accomplishments cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Abaddons Anomaly.
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Into the breach once again dear friends
 
Ingress #Abaddon events intel: The secret at the heart of the Niantic Project will be revealed. What will emerge when the doors to #Abaddon swing open? Agents, the future is in your hands:

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#Abaddon Events - 

October 10: Flash Shards Special Event
Boston, MA, USA 
Toronto, CANADA

October 24: Flash Shards Special Event
Zurich, SWITZERLAND
London, UNITED KINGDOM

November 14: XM Anomalies (Primary)
Hamburg, GERMANY
New Orleans, LA, USA 
Taipei, TAIWAN

December 12: XM Anomalies (Primary)
San Francisco Bay Area, CA, USA
Okinawa, JAPAN
Milan, ITALY


Mission Days - 

September 19:
Multiple cities to be announced

October 17:
Multiple cities to be announced


RSVP details coming soon.  Get ready.  
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You make it sound like we left :-)
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Since its just me at home the rabbit gets the run of the yard
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A line of three hurricanes strong across the Pacific definetly means a seriously bad week for some
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That is a beautiful but absolutely terrifying picture.
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Maryland Benidict to finish things off
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Looks to be a fun day
 
In collaboration with VisitPittsburgh (www.visitpittsburgh.com) we want to discover Pittsburgh on the 17th of October. We will provide you high quality missions to explore the city on foot together. This event will be hosted by agents  Exolo (https://plus.google.com/u/0/+DerrickLathrop/about) and ivanrussell (https://plus.google.com/u/0/+IvanRussell/about). 
Every agent who completes a required number of missions will receive a Mission Day Medal.
More information will come, stay tuned. 
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#coincheck +Daniel Lawrence​ , did +Joe Philley​ just coin check us
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And 7 people in the world get excited
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Turning into a B5 movie night
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Best SciFi series ever...
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Time to stroll thencreek and work off brunch
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Some the most beautiful portals I've smashed.
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