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PostPosted: Tue Feb 05, 2008 10:55 pm    Post subject: ~~~ ICU!! :D :D :D ^_^b <3 <3 ~~ Reply with quote

So, some of you might have been wondering about the silence on the Hindman front here. Or maybe you were too drunk to notice. Either way, here's the deal:

Saturday afternoon (Friday evening, to all of you), Heath was teaching in the city of Marugame, about an hour from here, when he suffered an asthma attack that a few puffs of the inhaler didn't kill. This suddenly combined with some dormant bronchitis or something, and began to cascade into a severe case of "Holy cow oxygen is not happening."

Long story short, Heath was taken by ambulance to a local hospital, and lost consciousness en route. I got a few phone calls about the matter: first from Heath himself, barely able to gasp out that he was going to the hospital; then from our hyper-cheerful secretary informing me exactly which hospital and that "he is okay!" ; then shortly afterwards from my employer telling me in a rather matter-of-fact manner that Heath had been taken to the ICU and we should prepare for the worst.

Longest drive ever.

<seriousbusiness>
To preserve his BOL, they put him under and hooked him up to some machines that did breathing for him, shoved tubes down his throat, etc. I got to watch the machines jerking him around while the doctors and nurses jabbered at me and gave me forms to sign that were loosely translated for me. "This is to say that his restraining is okay." "This is to say you are hearing the treatments."
Not fun, not cool, pretty awful for both of us.
</seriousbusiness>

Contrary to the estimations, though, he woke up okay on Sunday morning in stable condition, was talking, not dead and with no apparent brain damage. Yay!

They moved him to a regular room Sunday afternoon and he's been there since, steadily improving. He occupies his time playing handhelds, trying to sleep, enduring nurses trying to practice their English on the gaijin patient, peeling off IV bandages, and eating hospital food that actually resembles real food. At my last visit this evening, he was trying to negotiate his release with the reluctant nurses. What a stud.

I've been spending my time visiting him, talking to people asking how we are, and wishing I hadn't left the computer behind in my Saturday afternoon panic. As you might have guessed, I've recovered it now, and that's why you're hearing about this now.

The title is derived from one of the pamphlets in my information package about the ICU, which is filled with smiling cartoon women and doctors too-happily indicating various points of interest.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 06, 2008 12:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hope you get better Heath. DODGE THE SARS!
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 06, 2008 2:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's good that he's feeling better. Hope negotiations go smoothly.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 06, 2008 4:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I noticed and was somewhat worried, but I thought it was my mind running away with me. Guess sometimes the worry is justified.

Get better soon, Heathman :<
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 06, 2008 5:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm glad you two made it through that nightmare. Get well soon Heath.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 06, 2008 6:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Damn... Sorry you had to go through that Janelle. I hope Heath is better soon and back with us again.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 06, 2008 6:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hope all is well soon you two
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 06, 2008 7:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mmmm, sexy Japanese nurses...
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 06, 2008 11:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Was it allergies again or something else? And is there more surgery in the future here? Tell the H I find this ridiculous and will not stand for more of this weak respiratory system nonsense.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 06, 2008 12:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Glad to hear, then, that the Japanese didn't eat you guys! Good thing you showed at the hospital; if they hadn't known that somebody would miss him, they would certainly have eaten him.

In fact, don't go back to the hospital, Janelle, because lord knows they'll just eat you both to hide their tracks.

But even if you don't go back, they still might eat him, if they get hungry. He's helpless in a hospital bed, a tasty gaijin....

In conclusion, probability that Heath=HumanSushi, X, is .9<X<1
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2008 3:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

WhoaI'malive.
Morelater.
Tired.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2008 4:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

NR wrote:
WhoaI'malive.
Morelater.
Tired.


Alive? Not HumanSushi?

When morelater comes, please explain this miraculous turn of events.

That, and I am glad to see that you're alive. But it could be better; you could be alive and well. Get well, man.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 08, 2008 12:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Paraphrased from an email:
Quote:
The Story Everyone's Dying to Hear--Except Me, Cause I LIVED

That's right. I went there.
Oohh.

Plot synopsis for pros:
-Was teaching, wanted to go to clinic. Clinic not enough, hospital was in order, ran out of oxygen, passed out, woke up ike 20 hours later in the Intensive Care Unit, stayed in a hospital for 6 days.

Detailed version:

My Saturday break in Marugame (an hour in which I generally walk to
the nearby Lawson and grab a ghetto lunch) started like any other,
though I was noticing somewhere between my Karaagekun Reddo and Hotto
Remon that the asthma today was being pesky, despite a couple shots of
inhaler. I fired in another shot or two of inhaler before asking the
owner of this particular school--a wonderful lady who'd become a
personal friend of mine quickly after arrival--if we could move my
last class to next week for twice the time, instead of having it
today. This was to afford me some time to get to the clinic across
from my apartmet in Takamatsu before it closed for the weekend, and
let them know that things aren't better. Toshi (the aforementioned
owner of the school) was concerned and offered to cancel the rest of
the classes on the spot, without a lot of hesitation, but I felt
alright and said that I'd just keep things calm, stay in my chair
during the lessons, and not do a lot of physical stuff. I made the
mistake of uttering damning, arrogant words, "Nah, I'd leave if I
weren't amazing, but I am." Pass the Humble Pie.

Twenty minutes and 3 or 4 inhaler uses into the next class, I went
downstairs and asked Toshi for help. Her brother is a nearby doctor,
so she quickly dashed out and back with a little bit of prednisone
(steroid, often given during asthma attacks, and general friend of
Heath) and a vaguely described "breathing pill," which despite not
understanding, I took readily as a hippy at Woodstock, because hey,
stuff was starting to get bad.

I wanted to leave and begin my drive home, but I was definitely in no
condition to do so at this point. Humoring the moms and their kids
who were there to learn English, I was still playing "Colors and
Shapes Bingo" with the youngsters, and even STILL making them replace
their Japanese words with English ones in order to get a bingo chip.
This was a really funny scene, in retrospect, now that I'm officially
not dead, but it'd have probably been less funny if I ended up dying.
Wow, what a dark way to end that paragraph.

Toshi took me to the clinic owned by her brother, perhaps because it's
an easier landmark for an abulance to get to. Not sure if it was
already en route or not at that point. Navigating anything other
than the major highways here is kind of a pain in the butt, so the
easier access and less needed explanation, the better, plus maybe
there was something at the clinic they could give me to tide me over
till the ambulance got there. There wasn't, but they were nice enough
to lecture me on the Japanese cultural importance of removing my shoes
as I entered the building, despite me--you know--running out of
oxygen. Trivial, compared to the monumentality of not removing one's
shoes at the door. "Here lies Heath. Still wearin' those shoes."

My pulse-ox was 72 as of the clinic. Those who know what that number
means knows that's a serious business low. In American hopitals, they
don't like to let you leave unless you're pulling in at least 95
without machines or meds, and on the bigger machines that check this,
there's an alarm that starts going off when it drops to 83. Not the
Heath All Time Low (62 and still conscious, set 5 years ago in
Washington. West Coast Hard Core Represent), but severe, and it
presumably got worse as I was loaded into the back of the ambulance,
because I passed out soon after getting in.

Good thing I showed everyone what a cool dude I was by pulling one of
my two t-shirts off and throwing it at someone at the clinic, cause
the other one ended up being cut off of me.

For those who lost track, this was mid afternoon Saturday. I awoke
Sunday, in the late morning. According to witnesses, I was "speaking
fluent Japanese" when I first awoke. As in, exclusively speaking
Japanese, and sounding "like a perfect native speaker." I' have liked
to quote Dr. Dre when coming out of a coma, but that's cool too, I
guess. Too bad I can't seem to replicate it since then. I was
apparently saying all kinds of stuff, a lot of which sounds like it
may have been simple repetition of things I heard doctors saying while
I was KO'd.

Sadly, my friends had to witness a scary scene, as they arrived
Saturday night, while I had the big breathing machine stuck down my
throat and lots and lots of cords in me, I woke up confused and unable
to realize/remember where I was or what was going on. I don't
remember doing so, but I reportedly ripped some cords off (out?) and
fought to get the ventolator out of my throat--the results of which
gave me a sore throat that still hasn't cleared up. They had to drug
me and tie my limbs down after that. I heard that one of our
coworkers left the room crying during that episode, consoled by her
husband. I felt really bad when I heard the story.

The previous time I almost died, five years ago in Port Townsend, WA,
I obviously didn't want to go, but eh, I was a young missionary, and
as far as deaths go, there were worse circumstances I could've been
under. It was scary to accept death at that time, but I did, as I've
expressed to others, reltating the experience. But the point is, I
was eventually covinced I was done, and I accepted what was about to
happen. It wasn't preferred, but I became suprisingly comfortable
with it.

This time was so different. I don't have a perfect life, and like I
said, I'm not trying to be some jerk in anything I say here, but the
big thing that kept the fight in me this time was Janelle. Yes, I was
officially saved by science; I certainly admit that I'd surely be
dead, were it not for miracles of modern medicine. But what kept my
own willpower in me at all was Janelle. I didn't want to leave her
alone. The "What ifs" and hypothetical aftermath are heartbreaking to
imagine, and I was pretty mad at the possibilities that were coming to
mind as I lay dying. If I were here and single, well then that'd
really suck for the friends and family (and again, not fun or "good"
by any means), but at least there wouldn't be that crushing blow to
her. Not that I'm like, this incredible dude who's the best ever, I'm
just saying it'd be pretty rough to be like 20 and widowed on a
foreign continent, only 7 or 8 months after your marriage; she doesn't
deserve that -- not given how much joy she gives me in her mere
prescence. So this paragraph is I guess where I
credit her with my survival.

The Japanese language is more round-about, less specific, and as a
result, occasionally more poetic than English communication. So it
was interesting what I was told when I woke up: whereas an American
would have said "Wow, you were like SO close to dead" (and I was--they
noted that half an hour later arriving to the ER would have been
certain death), the Japanese staff relayed to me, "Your spirit left
your body, and was floating somewhere between Heaven and Earth. You
came to the border of death. You were in neither place, but so close
to both, that you were given the choice where to go, and you chose to
come back here." How interestingly put.

Excellent Hospital Anecdotes coming soon, now that the mushy stuff is over.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 08, 2008 12:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

tldr
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 08, 2008 12:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

LiQuid! wrote:
tldr

NR wrote:
Plot synopsis for pros:
-Was teaching, wanted to go to clinic. Clinic not enough, hospital was in order, ran out of oxygen, passed out, woke up ike 20 hours later in the Intensive Care Unit, stayed in a hospital for 6 days.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 08, 2008 2:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That sucks dude. I think you have taught us all a lesson that no human being should ever be in Japan.

PS
Get a pic of some of those nurses.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 08, 2008 2:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote



They were every bit as weird as you'd imagine them.
I came into my room, from the bathroom, and one of them had my breathing aparatus in her mouth, her eyes closed and kind of dancing around like a pop star. She wasn't even like, surprised or anything when I asked what was up, just kind of handed me the the mouthpiece, told me it was time for my breathing treatment, and peppily skipped away.


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 08, 2008 2:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Waiting on those anecdotes, Heath. Sounds like an interesting experience! And I can entirely commiserate on not remembering what I've said when waking up and the like. My poor luck had it that somebody caught it on their answering machine.

Solice Kirsk wrote:
That sucks dude. I think you have taught us all a lesson that no human being should ever be in Japan.

PS
Get a pic of some of those nurses.


Don't bother getting us pics of the nurses, Heath. It might damage my fantasies. Just get us some hot azn nurse cosplay and say it was the nurses. That way, my yellow fever will remain unblemished.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 08, 2008 8:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You're in my prayers, and I'm extremely happy you're on the up.
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