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September 25, 2005

A Scary Time

About 2 weeks ago, I received a call at work. It was a co-worker of my wife. She said, "hi Collin. Linds isn't feeling so well. Do you think that you could come and get her?" I said that I could and asked what was wrong. She said, "I don't want to alarm you at all, but she is just not feeling well. Right now she is sitting on the floor and just seems pretty sick." The words in that phone call did nothing to prepare me for the events that would follow.

I gathered up my things, and got some files together that thought I may need if I were going to work from home for the remainder of the day. I then drove to get Lindsay and take her home.

When I arrived at her office, there was a crowd of her co-workers and office cleaners gathered around in a circle. I walked closer to ask where Lindsay was. She was sitting on the floor in the middle of the circle, barely conscious and shaking badly. She had passed out, collapsed to the floor, and regained consciousness just minutes before I got there.

I put her in the car and rushed her to the ER.

At the hospital, they spent an entire day running tests, reviving her with IV's, taking blood, running more tests, taking more blood, running more tests, hooking her up to machines, and running more tests. Although it was hectic and scary, the doctors seemed to have everything confidently under control. All of the nurses and doctors were very informative, patient, and kind. I have never been more thankful for the miracle that is modern medicine.

So after all of this, we wanted to know the root cause for the episode. As far as the doctors can tell, she had dangerously low levels of potassium in her blood. Because potassium is one of the 3 electrical conductors (sodium and magnesium are the other 2) that make the heart beat, having low levels of it in your blood is extremely dangerous. Her heart apparently was not able to beat regularly or strongly enough to get the proper amount of blood to her brain. This caused her to lose consciousness and collapse.

They released her from the hospital with a prescription for potassium supplements and a potassium rich diet. Because of my flexible job and the awesome people I work with, I was able to stay home with her all week and just take care of her. Thus far, there has been no more passing out, but she was so sick for the entire week following the incident, she could barely move. Her entire body was cramped up from lack of minerals. The scariest part is that her heart was hurting a good deal.

We have been to cardiologists to look into any possible heart complications and we have been making sure to stick closely to the guidelines the doctors gave us. She is doing a LOT better. She went back to work and she is able to be up and around, but she is still exhausted.

Through all of this, we have really come to see how much people care. Our family and friends have all been really supportive and offered help of all kinds. Loads of people called us to offer to make food (which I turned down because I was enjoying my role as her caretaker... I cooked up a storm last week). Everyone told us that they were thinking about her and praying for her. Thank you so much to all of you. Keep her in your thoughts and prayers as she keeps healing, and for goodness sake, eat some bananas.

Posted by collin on September 25, 2005 10:18 PM


collin, my mom was hit by a car this past week... she's alright (merely a broken arm) but i know a bit of what you've felt.

if nothing else, it has made me very grateful.

i'll be praying for you both!


Posted by: jd on September 25, 2005 11:39 PM

WOW!!! That is so scary JD. I am really glad that your mom is OK.
Thanks for the prayers.

Posted by: Collin - Band Member on September 25, 2005 11:51 PM

Jon told me about it JD....i asked him to give your momma a hug from me...
and Collin im so sorry! I am overly happy she's ok because she is so great! Tell her that I'll pray...it's the only thing i can do right now sadly. and give her a hug for me lolz

Posted by: Poncho on September 26, 2005 05:51 AM

FEEL BETTER!!!!!! *prayin' for ya'll*

Posted by: shaote on September 26, 2005 09:00 AM

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