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Season 2: Episode 16: Radical Forgiveness

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As Archer’s temperature rose dangerously in his ICU room, Louise was rushing to get ice to pack around him. At the sink next to the ice machine, she ran into someone she didn’t expect to see: the nurse responsible for the medical error that contributed to a cascading sequence of what seemed to be irreversible events. Listen in on what transpired in Season 2: Episode 16: Radical Forgiveness, where Louise ponders this moment and the nuances of medical care for spinal cord injury in an ICU environment full of trauma and pressure.  We all mess up. Is forgiving part of healing? 

In this episode you will hear interview excerpts from:

Bernadette Mauro, the Director of Information and Resources at the Christopher and Dana Reeves Foundation, who called Louise with a warning to move her son out of AtlantiCare immediately. Louise and Bernadette reflect 5 years later on the nuances of caring for spinal cord injury patients and the medical errors that can happen due to lack of knowledge among staff about complications of SCI.

Dr. Ray Talucci, former Chief of Trauma at Atlanticare, and one of Archer’s main doctors during his time in the Trauma ICU. Louise and Dr. Talucci speak about the specific medical error that caused Archer’s blood pressure to spike and the nuances of medical errors and forgiveness in environments like the ICU.

Our theme music is Victoria Vox. Music in this episode is:

Meditate With Nature  by chilledmusic

Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/7638-meditate-with-nature-

License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

Emotional Piano Improvisation by Alexander Nakarada

Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/6199-emotional-piano-improvisation

License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

Listen in afterwards to this week’s companion Trauma Healing Learnings episode for new understandings on trauma and tools to navigate your own trauma healing: Trauma Healing Learning 16: Radical Forgiveness.

To find out more about Archer, Louise, and this podcast, visit our website at blinkofaneyepodcast.com, and follow us on Instagram and Facebook @blinkofaneyepodcast. Our Twitter is @blinkofaneyepod. Make sure to subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.

You can become a member of our Patreon community and see extra Blink of an Eye content and bonus episodes at our Patreon page

To see some of Archer’s artwork, check out www.slimeyard.com

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Trauma Healing Learning: Moving Towards the Pain

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Pain is a sensation of the body.  It can be all encompassing. It physically and emotionally can overwhelm us, and often beyond the point of tolerating it. But we have the tools and resources inside ourselves to cope with pain and other unpleasant sensations. In Trauma Healing Learning 15: Moving Towards the Pain, Louise  helps us to understand the brain from past conflicts and injuries and breaks down the concept of somatic awareness.  She leads us in how to pay attention to our bodily sensations as a portal for pain reduction and trauma healing.  Listen to this Trauma Healing Learning if you’re in pain — emotional or physical — for a way to move gently towards it and through it. 

Victoria Vox created the theme music.

Music in this episode is: 

Deep Relaxation Preview by Kevin MacLeod

Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/5726-deep-relaxation-preview

License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

Relaxing Meditation by Liron

Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/7891-relaxing-meditation

License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

Calm Meditation by MusicLFiles

Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/7456-calm-meditation

License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

To find out more about Archer, Louise, and this podcast, visit our website at blinkofaneyepodcast.com, and follow us on Instagram and Facebook @blinkofaneyepodcast. Our Twitter is @blinkofaneyepod. Make sure to subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.

You can become a member of our Patreon community and receive transcripts of the Trauma Healing Learnings, see extra Blink of an Eye content and bonus episodes at our Patreon page, www.patreon.com/blinkofaneyepod. 

#hopeforeverything   #obtaineverything

Season 2: Episode 15: Moving Towards the Pain

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On Day 24 of Archer’s stay in the AtlantiCare ICU, Louise received a phone call from an unknown number. The voice on the other line said: Get your son the hell out of AtlantiCare now. Louise listened carefully to learn and discern a new course. While Archer felt crushed with excruciating physical pain from procedures to water board his system and then sear the lining of his chest walls, Louise felt the weight of unbearable emotional pain. In Season 2: Episode 15: Moving Towards the Pain, Louise reflects on various approaches to help Archer deal with a bout of intense, searing pain and the sudden, earth shattering phone call.

In this episode you will hear excerpts of an interview with:

Bernadette Mauro, the Director of Information and Resources at the Christopher and Dana Reeves Foundation, who called Louise with a warning to move her son out of AtlantiCare immediately. She called off the record initially in response to multiple inquiries made by others on Louise’s behalf from her college days. But she was a wise font of information about Spinal Cord Injury and rehab choices to help Louise discern the next step just when there seemed no other options for Archer to be transported out.  Louise and Bernadette reflect on that call 6 years later and how it changed Archer’s course — for the better.

Victoria Vox created the theme music. Sound effects in this episode are from freesound.org

Music in this episode is: 

Placid Ambient by MusicLFiles

Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/6189-placid-ambient

License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

Peppers Theme by Kevin MacLeod

Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4998-peppers-theme

License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

Listen in afterwards to this week’s companion Trauma Healing Learnings episode for new understandings on trauma and tools to navigate your own trauma healing: Trauma Healing Learning 15: Moving Towards the Pain.

To find out more about Archer, Louise, and this podcast, visit our website at blinkofaneyepodcast.com, and follow us on Instagram and Facebook @blinkofaneyepodcast. Our Twitter is @blinkofaneyepod. Make sure to subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.

You can become a member of our Patreon community and see extra Blink of an Eye content and bonus episodes at our Patreon page

To see some of Archer’s artwork, check out www.slimeyard.com

#hopeforeverything   #obtaineverything

Trauma Healing Learning: Low on Options, Full of Community

Copy_of_blink-1024x512-_13_a5mcw.jpgWhen a person dies, often a community surrounds the grieving — whether in person, virtually or any other number of ways. In this Trauma Healing Learning, Louise looks at the value of community rituals as they provide needed comfort to those experiencing grief amid times of crisis and loss, and she explores some of the medical research findings linking support and trauma  healing as protection against disease.  She emphasizes the importance of participating in community grief rituals like shivas, wakes and celebrations of life. She details why showing up for both ourselves and others is key to trauma healing. Learn about how other cultures deal with death and gain some wisdom about why these rituals are soothing and healing and their impact on long term health, all in this week’s Trauma Healing Learning.

Victoria Vox created the theme music.

Music in this episode is: 

Deep Relaxation Preview by Kevin MacLeod

Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/5726-deep-relaxation-preview

License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

Relaxing Meditation by Liron

Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/7891-relaxing-meditation

License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

Calm Meditation by MusicLFiles

Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/7456-calm-meditation

License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

To find out more about Archer, Louise, and this podcast, visit our website at blinkofaneyepodcast.com, and follow us on Instagram and Facebook @blinkofaneyepodcast. Our Twitter is @blinkofaneyepod. Make sure to subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.

You can become a member of our Patreon community and receive transcripts of the Trauma Healing Learnings, see extra Blink of an Eye content and bonus episodes at our Patreon page, www.patreon.com/blinkofaneyepod. 

#hopeforeverything   #obtaineverything

Season 2: Episode 14: Low on Options, Full of Community

Copy_of_blink-1024x512-_12_6pmw4.jpgAfter Louise returned to Cape May from the rehabilitation visits in Baltimore, it felt as if both she and Archer’s medical team at AtlantiCare were running out of options to stabilize Archer enough that he could be transported.  Louise interviews the chief pulmonology surgeon as they look back on this medical dilemma. But while the medical team was low on options, the community was not. Join her to hear about the news of a prayer vigil for Archer at Friends School, the creation of Archer’s Army t-shirts, Archer’s tree, and Louise's special encounter with an attendant at a gas station. In Season 2: Episode 14: Low on Options, Full of Community, Louise reflects on our dual nature during crisis. 

In this episode you will hear excerpts of an interview with:

Dr. Edward Hamaty, Chief of Critical Care at AtlantiCare Hospital, Head of Pulmonary, and Archer’s chief lung surgeon, who met with Louise one-on-one in the Trauma ICU and performed Archer’s pleurodesis surgery and other lung surgeries in the 30 days he was at AtlantiCare. He and Louise reflect on the staggering odds that Archer was still alive from all that went wrong from his injury and trying to minimize secondary harm. 

Victoria Vox created the theme music. The full news clip of the prayer vigil from WBAL can be found here:

www.wbaltv.com/article/community-rallies-around-paralyzed-student/6938403

Music in this episode is: 

Placid Ambient by MusicLFiles

Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/6189-placid-ambient

License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

Peppers Theme by Kevin MacLeod

Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4998-peppers-theme

License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

Horizon Flare by Alexander Nakarada

Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/4837-horizon-flare

License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

Emotional Piano Improvisation by Alexander Nakarada

Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/6199-emotional-piano-improvisation

License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

Here are some of the photos Louise mentioned in the episode:

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Listen in afterwards to this week’s companion Trauma Healing Learnings episode for new understandings on trauma and tools to navigate your own trauma healing: Trauma Healing Learning 14: Low on Options, Full of Prayers.

To find out more about Archer, Louise, and this podcast, visit our website at blinkofaneyepodcast.com, and follow us on Instagram and Facebook @blinkofaneyepodcast. Our Twitter is @blinkofaneyepod. Make sure to subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.

You can become a member of our Patreon community and see extra Blink of an Eye content and bonus episodes at our Patreon page

To see some of Archer’s artwork, check out www.slimeyard.com

#hopeforeverything   #obtaineverything

Trauma Healing Learning: Establishing Ties

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When we face high stress situations or are under pressure in a medical environment, one of the most helpful and grounding things we can do is make a plan. But often that plan or the process of planning does not just involve one person. It involves a whole cast of characters: your loved one in the ICU, their doctors, other family members, right? In this Trauma Healing Learning: Establishing Ties, Louise expands on different resources to use in this environment. She dives into how to execute a family meeting with a medical team with helpful tips such as: be a leader and remember to pause.

Victoria Vox created the theme music.

Music in this episode is:

Deep Relaxation Preview by Kevin MacLeod

Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/5726-deep-relaxation-preview

License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

Calm Meditation by MusicLFiles

Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/7456-calm-meditation

License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

To find out more about Archer, Louise, and this podcast, visit our website at blinkofaneyepodcast.com, and follow us on Instagram and Facebook @blinkofaneyepodcast. Our Twitter is @blinkofaneyepod. Make sure to subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.

You can become a member of our Patreon community and receive transcripts of the Trauma Healing Learnings, see extra Blink of an Eye content and bonus episodes at our Patreon page, www.patreon.com/blinkofaneyepod. 

#hopeforeverything   #obtaineverything

Season 2: Episode 13: Establishing Ties

Copy_of_blink-1024x512-_9_at8as.jpgLouise had almost too much on her mind as she drove from Cape May, New Jersey, to Baltimore, Maryland to check out rehabilitation facilities for Archer close to home. Join her with an inside look at the mind of a worried mother, and what she was haunted by for her son’s future, including the memory of a young couple and their baby and plans to tell the essential truth and why.  As she drove, she dictated notes on her phone, capturing her wandering thoughts in real time. Hear these exclusive notes and more in Season 2: Episode 13: Establishing Ties as Louise reflects on her web of support, her return to Baltimore and the sobering experience of visiting rehabs with her son Pete.

In this episode, you will hear excerpts from Louise’s interview with:

Cathy Lobo, School Nurse at Dutch’s school, the School of the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen. She and Louise talk about the development of a statement that went out in the school community bulletin about Archer and the creation of the Archer Strong wristbands and why they mattered. 

Victoria Vox created our theme music. Sound effects are from freesound.org. 

Music in this episode is: 

Placid Ambient by MusicLFiles

Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/6189-placid-ambient

License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

Emotional Piano Improvisation by Alexander Nakarada

Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/6199-emotional-piano-improvisation

License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

Listen in afterwards to this week’s companion Trauma Healing Learnings episode for new understandings on trauma and tools to navigate your own trauma healing: Trauma Healing Learning: Establishing Ties.

To find out more about Archer, Louise, and this podcast, visit our website at blinkofaneyepodcast.com, and follow us on Instagram and Facebook @blinkofaneyepodcast. Our Twitter is @blinkofaneyepod. Make sure to subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.

You can become a member of our Patreon community and see extra Blink of an Eye content and bonus episodes at our Patreon page

To see some of Archer’s artwork, check out www.slimeyard.com

#hopeforeverything   #obtaineverything

Trauma Healing Learning: Mounting Pressure

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When our lives are incredibly busy or we experience a crisis, the pressure on our bodies and brains can show in a lot of ways: stomach aches, overwhelming emotions, and other physical and emotional symptoms. In Trauma Healing Learning: Mounting Pressure, Louise reveals a few key tips, tricks and methods to help provide some respite from the chaos inside and outside our bodies. Listen to this Trauma Healing Learning if you want a mini vacation from your busy life!

Victoria Vox created the theme music.

Music in this episode is:

Deep Relaxation Preview by Kevin MacLeod

Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/5726-deep-relaxation-preview

License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

Relaxing Meditation by Liron

Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/7891-relaxing-meditation

License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

Calm Meditation by MusicLFiles

Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/7456-calm-meditation

License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

To find out more about Archer, Louise, and this podcast, visit our website at blinkofaneyepodcast.com, and follow us on Instagram and Facebook @blinkofaneyepodcast. Our Twitter is @blinkofaneyepod. Make sure to subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.

You can become a member of our Patreon community and receive transcripts of the Trauma Healing Learnings, see extra Blink of an Eye content and bonus episodes at our Patreon page, www.patreon.com/blinkofaneyepod. 

#hopeforeverything   #obtaineverything

Season 2: Episode 12: Mounting Pressure

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When Louise and family convened with Archer’s medical team, one of Archer’s pulmonologists said something that threw everyone for a loop: he wouldn’t make it through pacemaker surgery in the state he was in. The reply from Dr. Talucci, another of Archer’s doctors? “We are stuck in between a rock and a hard place.” In Season 2: Episode 12: Mounting Pressure, Louise walks listeners through the meeting and the moments leading up to it. You’ll also hear about how friends continued to be a sustaining force for Louise among the pressure-cooker environment of the hospital and more about how to advocate in complicated medical situations. And you’ll hear two new look back interviews with members from Archer’s medical team at the time.

In this episode you will hear excerpts from Louise’s conversations with:

Dr. Edward Hamity, Head of Pulmonary at AtlantiCare and Chief of Critical Care during Archer’s time in the ICU. He and Louise reflect on the cascading and serious complications Archer faced while in the ICU.

Mary Jo Determan, friend of Louise and mom of Mike Determan, friend of Archer’s. She and Louise reflect on the grief that comes with great loss — even when someone has not passed away but is instead catastrophically injured.

Dr. Mohamed Hany Elnahal, Medical Director, AtlantiCare Physician Group and Head of Pulmonary during Archer’s time in the ICU. He met with Louise one-on-one and performed Archer’s pacemaker surgery. He and Louise reflect on the impact of their Family Meetings and how the medical system has changed to better serve patients in more patient advocacy oriented ways. 

Victoria Vox created the theme music. Sound effects are from freesound.org. 

Music in this episode is: 

Placid Ambient by MusicLFiles

Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/6189-placid-ambient

License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

Peppers Theme by Kevin MacLeod

Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4998-peppers-theme

License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

Listen in afterwards to this week’s companion Trauma Healing Learnings episode for new understandings on trauma and tools to navigate your own trauma healing: Trauma Healing Learning: Mounting Pressure.

To find out more about Archer, Louise, and this podcast, visit our website at blinkofaneyepodcast.com, and follow us on Instagram and Facebook @blinkofaneyepodcast. Our Twitter is @blinkofaneyepod. Make sure to subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.

You can become a member of our Patreon community and see extra Blink of an Eye content and bonus episodes at our Patreon page

To see some of Archer’s artwork, check out www.slimeyard.com

#hopeforeverything   #obtaineverything

Trauma Healing Learning: Seeking Answers

thl_recblz6r.jpegCollaboration is key when your loved one is in an ICU. It can take many forms including connecting physicians with outside providers for consultation and family meetings with medical teams. In Trauma Healing Learning: Seeking Answers, Louise offers valuable wisdom about how to communicate and advocate with medical providers and she provides powerful information about what she calls relational medicine. Listen into this Trauma Healing Learning for important steps to better advocacy!

Victoria Vox created the theme music.

Music in this episode is: 

Deep Relaxation Preview by Kevin MacLeod

Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/5726-deep-relaxation-preview

License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

Relaxing Meditation by Liron

Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/7891-relaxing-meditation

License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

Calm Meditation by MusicLFiles

Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/7456-calm-meditation

License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

To see some of Archer’s artwork, check out www.slimeyard.com. 

To find out more about Archer, Louise, and this podcast, visit our website at blinkofaneyepodcast.com, and follow us on Instagram and Facebook @blinkofaneyepodcast. Our Twitter is @blinkofaneyepod. Make sure to subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.

You can become a member of our Patreon community and receive transcripts of the Trauma Healing Learnings, see extra Blink of an Eye content and bonus episodes at our Patreon page, www.patreon.com/blinkofaneyepod. 

#hopeforeverything   #obtaineverything

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