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    Best Friend Heart Attack

    For those of you who watched our Church Service - you've met James. He does the scripture reading and prayer, and this past Sunday, he did the prayer for blessing the elements of communion.

    Yesterday, about 3:30 in the afternoon, he was preparing to do some landscaping in his backyard by the pool. He and his wife were working, talking, having a great time, when she suddenly heard a "thud", and James was face down on the ground, unconscious.

    She told her mother to call 911, while she ran next door to get a neighbor who is NEVER home, but due to Covid..... he, a veteran with CPR training, came over and started CPR immediately. His wife called me, and I was only 3 blocks away, so I arrived at the same time the ambulance did. The Paramedics took over CPR, and began trying to find a pulse, and after a brief time, James started coughing and gagging, though still unconscious (they were trying to get the airway in him).

    Long story short, James was taken to the hospital, and I drove his wife and her mother, but we were told at the ER that there was absolutely no admittance. We would have to wait in my truck, and get updates by phone.

    We saw the ambulance that brought him to the hospital was still there, so we walked over to see if they could tell us anything. The lead paramedic knew me in my role as police chaplain, and told us "wait here, I think I can get you in". Not only did he get us in, he got us to the room, just outside in the hallway, where her husband was being treated.

    The doctor came out several times to give updates - EKG was not showing heart attack, not yet known what was wrong, but they were doing the thermal cooling blanket and keeping him on respirator to mitigate any brain damage due to lack of oxygen while he was "out".

    Finally, the doctor offered to let his wife into the room to see him - with signs everywhere saying "ZERO VISITOR POLICY", then a nurse came over and asked, "are you his pastor"? I confirmed that I was, and she said "if you'd like to, you can go in and pray with them".

    As of now, James is still in stable condition, being kept unconscious for cooling, and his wife will only have phone contact with the hospital -- no more visiting.

    Please pray for James -- he is not only one of my very best friends, he is part of our ministry team!
    "Neighbor, how long has it been since you’ve had a big, thick, steaming bowl of Wolf Brand Chili?”

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    Lord, please heal James and comfort his wife and friends. Guide the hands of his doctors to get him well again.

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    ing for James and his family.
    "What has the Church gained if it is popular, but there is no conviction, no repentance, no power?" - A.W. Tozer

    "... there are two parties in Washington, the stupid party and the evil party, who occasionally get together and do something both stupid and evil, and this is called bipartisanship." - Everett Dirksen

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    Update - CT results are in - mostly good, one area of concern. They will begin the process of warming him up beginning this evening, and then start the process of waking him up in about 24 hours or so. He has responded well to the thermal cooling, and remains stable.
    "Neighbor, how long has it been since you’ve had a big, thick, steaming bowl of Wolf Brand Chili?”

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    One really weird thing happened --- the doctor was unable to get ANY health information from the local hospital where James had had a complete physical, including EKG and stress test just a month or so ago, and was pronounced healthy. THREE TIMES the doctor came to us and told us he was a little puzzled that he couldn't get any info, and asked, are you SURE it was (X) hospital? He even confirmed what cardiologist had done the test, and that that cardiologist had no record whatsoever of treating James.

    This morning, the wife tried to get information from the hospital (ZERO VISITOR policy) by phone, and they kept telling her he was not at that hospital. She began to get very anxious, and told them what time James had arrived at the hospital. They said the only patient they received in that time frame was somebody with the first name (X) --- and she said, no, that's my PASTOR's name!!!

    They actually admitted her husband to the hospital under MY NAME, and were relying on MY medical records! Not ONE TIME did anybody try to confirm to her what her husband's name was.
    "Neighbor, how long has it been since you’ve had a big, thick, steaming bowl of Wolf Brand Chili?”

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    Wait, is that a HIPA violation?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Christianbookworm View Post


    Wait, is that a HIPA violation?
    Only major BIGTIME! Director of Emergency Services is pulling the recordings to see when and how that happened.
    "Neighbor, how long has it been since you’ve had a big, thick, steaming bowl of Wolf Brand Chili?”

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    Hope the doctors are more competent than the medical record peolle...
    If it weren't for the Resurrection of Jesus, we'd all be in DEEP TROUBLE!

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    oh wow.

    Didn't the paramedic say they would admit you into the hospital?

    Pray healing for your friend.

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