My Dad, My Hero

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My parentsI just wanted to share with you the reason that I have been online so little lately--As soon as I returned from a BIG birthday vacation, I received a call from my family in Georgia.  My mother, who is the picture of health had a massive heart attack and is in a coma.  I had to repack my suitcase and head to Gainesville to be with my family.

I arrived to find my mother in the critical care unit with lines and tubes running everywhere and her looking so weak and frail that I could not imagine how she can possibly pull out of this.  I only ask that you keep my mother and father in your thoughts and prayers for us.

Just a bit of history that I would like to share--My parents were high school sweethearts and recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary--actually 51st this year!  My Dad is head-over-heels in love with my Mom to this day!  I never saw my parents argue and they were enjoying my Dad's recent retirement with lots of travel and a recent move to Gainesville, GA where alot of their friends live.  They were the rare couple who you see still holding hands and smooching in public; they enjoy sports and travel, shopping and church together.  They are still like young teenagers in love!

My mom has always been the picture of health--she does not smoke or drink, she is an avid fast-walker and can out-walk most 20-year olds!  She also participates in aerobics classes and has always been a healthy eater and has been thin (except when she was pregnant) all of her life!

On Saturday, my parents were watching the East Carolina/Virginia Tech football game after returning home from a shopping trip.  My Mom told my Dad that she felt 'weird' and in mere moments, she was slumpped over in her chair.  My Dad, after ascertaining that she was non-responsive, phoned 911 and was immediately instructed to get her to the floor and begin CPR.  My Dad, scared to death, delivered CPR to my Mom for nearly 14 minutes until the paramedics arrived.  She required defibrillation a couple of times before leaving the home and again in the ambulance.  The doctors are not going to do any surgery until she is stable and they are able to determine the amount of brain function that she has; they cannot tell that until she is able to be weaned from the sedatives which are keeping her blood pressure down. We still don't know much more than we did on Saturday but, she is 'hanging in there' for now.

The thing that is simply amazing to me is that my father, who has never given CPR, worked for nearly 14 minutes on my mother.  Fourteen minutes!  That is an eternity to someone alone in their home, giving CPR to their soul mate.  I cannot imagine how he did that.  As a former nurse, I've given CPR many times but, never longer than 5 minutes and never alone for more than 1 or 2 minutes! Most health care professionals will tell you that you simply cannot keep this pace for more than 5 minutes without some relief.   And, most of the time in a health care setting, the family is asked to leave during these times and the family never sees the paddles brought out and used on their loved one (defibrillated/shocked).  

Learn CPRI cannot tell you how proud of my Dad I am.  He is truly my hero and when my Mom does recover, it is because of his tireless efforts and immediate response time in the home.  All weekend, we have asked him if he is sore or needs anything and he continuously says no.  He has not slept more than 4 hours in as many days and looks like he could go another 4 days!  He is truly amazing!

So, if you would, please keep my parents in your thoughts and prayers and by all means, learn CPR--you never know when you may need it.

Debe in Charlotte
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Debe, you and your family are in my thoughts.  What a wonderful Father you have!!  My parents are gone, but reading love stories like your parents' story brings back great memories. 

 

September 08, 2008 03:10 AM
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Irene Woodworth
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Debe,

Wow, what an amazing event you have been through, especially for your Father.  It was so encouraging to hear about his love for your Mom.  I did not experience that growing up, however, I have a husband that loves me in such profound ways, that it is a gift from God.  We will keep them both in our prayers.  Good to hear your Mother is recovering.

 

September 08, 2008 06:43 PM
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Ann Cummings
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Hi Debe - I'm so happy to read your updates about your mom.  My mom and dad were childhood sweethearts holding hands all these years just as your parents do.  What beautiful love stories from our parents.  I hope your parents have many more years together - they are a beautiful couple in that picture, and you look like both of them.

Ann

September 08, 2008 07:21 PM
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Hi Debe~ I'm so sorry you and your family have been going through this and at the same time, what a true miracle that your mom is doing well.  YOU believed and knew in your heart that she was going to be ok. Not seeing the date initially that you wrote this (when I first started reading) I instantly thought in my mind, "Debe knows and is very confident that her mom will make it through, and she will".  What an amazing thing to see the UPDATES.  God is good and the many many prayers said, were heard.  I will be keeping you in my prayers. 

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Debe, I'm sorry I didn't see this before now.  I pray that things remain positive.  Your mom and dad are wonderful!  xxoo

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Author Bio: Debe Maxwell is a Certified Residential Specialist in the Charlotte Metro region with a focus on the Charlotte luxury home market. My team of agents each have their own specialty areas, a benefit to anyone buying a home in Charlotte NC.

 

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