AED - A Non-Photography-Related Post

February 21, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

This post is more of a personal post, but I feel very strongly that it needs to be shared, so please bare with me.

One year ago today, my husband, Leo, went into cardiac arrest while at his office.  Leo is a very healthy, young, skinny, and athletic man, so this came to us as a total surprise.  We now believe that it was due to a blood clot from a wrist surgery he had done a week prior.

Many miracles happened that day - the arrest happened in front of another person who immediately dialed 911; there happened to be a police officer nearby who had super-human powers and responded within 26 seconds.  The list goes on.  But what really saved my husband that day was the AED unit that had recently been installed in his office building.

Do you know where the closest AED unit is to you?  Is there even one in your place of work?  I work from my home - I have a fire extinguisher, but I don't have an AED.  My other job at the middle school just put one in last Spring!  These units save lives!  Yes they're expensive and yes they don't get used very often - thank goodness, but when these situations occur they are priceless.

We are very thankful for all the events that took place one year ago today.  I encourage you to look into getting an AED for your office, place of work, or even home.  My husband now has a permanent one in his chest.  I would like to get one in my home for myself and the kids, or any guests.  These emergencies can happen to anyone.

Thank you for reading!  I promise my next post will be more about photography!  Have a fabulously healthy day! :)

 

Photo by Tanya Pearce of Redhawk Photography

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