In August of 2011, I lost my father to a sudden heart attack.
His father lived to be in his 80’s although his eldest brother died of a heart attack in his 40’s. My dad made it to the hospital thanks to the courageous care of my step-mother Ann and sister Bethany, a great EMS Team and the will of God. Like most who suffer cardiac arrest, my father died. Interestingly, CPR is said to be approximately 10% effective. In the movies and on TV, if the patient makes it to the hospital or is revived, they live. In reality, that is not how it works. After 3 days, it is for the most part known if recovery will occur by the individual’s brain activity. In our case, my father was fortunate to have an additional 3 days for a chance albeit remote, to recover. In his case it seemed that he had 24 hours really and from that point, he didn’t recover and spent 9 days in Intensive Care.
At the same time our family emergency was occurring, Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s documentary aired on CNN called “The Last Heart Attack”. My phone started to buzz with helpful and loving suggestions from friends and co-workers that the information might be helpful in some way.
“The Last Heart Attack,” a CNN documentary hosted by Emmy-award winning correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta, looks at the science of heart disease prevention. Dr. Gupta, who has a family history of heart disease himself, investigates whether diet and modern medicine are enough to prevent all heart attacks.
I assure you that CNN and Dr. Gupta pulled out all of the stops on this one. It is informative, educational, eye opening and in many ways bold. This was the starting point of my life after my father’s death. We watched the special with our daughters and we asked the question that I always ask, “should we do something, or should we do nothing”?
Here I am again, asking myself the same question, “should I do something, or should I do nothing”? Again, the answer is that I should do something.
For your sake and the sake of your family and friends…please ask yourself the same question. Should you do something, or should you do nothing? Please allow me to suggest that you watch the special mentioned above. I know that you will be part of a progressive change, a movement toward the All Good.
Welcome to my world of action, commitment and continuous learning. Thank you for being here and thank you for joining me on this heartfelt journey of learning and care for one another.