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What a scary thing to have to go through. Thanks the Gods that the parents new CPR
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:
Something about it got me excited and I wanted to do it again. So I started learning... 5 years later and a boat load of cash... I'm getting better.
Ok I've played with a laser cut CnC machine a little bit in school. It was a pain and never something I was overly interested in beyond.. this is cool.. as well... they were a pain in the ass.
This is a $2000 home desktop Cloud based Laser Cutter that you can literally draw a pattern on something and it will cut it. Literally... it is optically calibrated which means you can plop something on and just tell it where to cut.. and it will figure out even the Z axis on its own. Or cut two materials or materials of different thickness at the same time.
If laser cutting is something that is of interest to you.. watch the video, go over to http://glowforge.com/ and take a look there. Because for $2000 to be able to engrave leather or metal, cut wood or acrylic with precision and speed... for that price.. damn.
3D Printers are cool.. this thing though makes my inner nerdy maker quiver like a school boy.
I need to do the hard ones.
I'm still bummed that this shoot didn't turn out exactly as I wanted it.. but I can't control the sky on my own... yet.
Still I'm satisfied with it. I have some composting to do.. I want to do it right.. so it will take some time. :)
There are ways of controlling the Sun.. but it take people, light stands etc to do that. For this shoot I didn't have that. I did go out and make due, and once I finish I will post some of them. I did however take a few really quick shots in my little studio set up.
Would have loved to play more in that setting I won't lie, but I'm happy I fought the sun. It's good to have a challenge. Not done just yet with any of the images but, I figured I'd share this one.
I actually created the outfit, for the shoot my self... which was a whole other challenge.
Overall it was a good day.
I work in the Financial Industry with a big five bank for my day job, and am passionate about technology, history, and culture. Of late I have been enjoying organizing and participating in photowalks through my connections on Google+.
When I'm not photographing I'm usually reading about history, Wikipedia, or researching one thing or another. I also tend to Hike or Walk a fair bit. I spent my formative years in the Niagara Region and recently moved back after nearly a decade away.