In this bonus episode, you’ll hear Louise’s full interview with Davis Barsby, a lifelong family friend who was with Archer when Archer had his accident. That summer, Davis was working as both head lifeguard and assistant manager at the Cape May Beach Club.
Davis takes us back to that sweltering August afternoon, recounting his interactions with Archer earlier in the day, the moment in the water when he realized something was wrong, and the rescue efforts that followed. Davis called Louise and broke the news to her, then raced to the hospital in Atlantic City to meet her there. In addition to describing what happened and who else was on the beach that day, Davis also reflects on faith, guilt, and the impact the accident has had on him.
To hear more about that first day, August 5, 2015, listen to episode 1, The Call.
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I could’ve insisted he do something else. I should’ve taken the time to see him again.
We could have prevented this.
When our children experience trauma, we as parents are haunted, ripped apart, kept awake, and often paralyzed by notions of all we could’ve, should’ve, would’ve done. In this episode, Louise recalls Bill’s and her own such thoughts, which threatened to tear apart their marriage, and more importantly, their journey of releasing these damaging patterns of thinking, struggling to stand on solid ground in a chaotic unfamiliar Intensive Care Unit.
Join Louise for this episode of Blink of an Eye: Episode 6 The Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda’s August 6. DAY 2. In this episode, you will hear interview excerpts from
Joanne Quenzer, a dear friend from Philadelphia who drove up from Cape May with a robust CVS care package
Davis Barsby, the Assistant Manager at the Beach Club and the head lifeguard at the time of the accident, and a lifelong friend of the Senft family
Danny Giannascoli, Archer’s good friend and Cape May neighbor whom he's grown up with
In the chaotic moments and hours immediately following Archer’s spinal cord injury, a series of “standard operating procedures” leads to more questions than answers. Scrambling for real answers, Louise realizes among scattered startling questions, the possibility of harm caused by hospitals’ policies set up for routine and risk management rather than healing. “My preference is to live” are words that will strike you deeply as she perseveres to experience the power of connecting cheek to cheek.
Join Louise for this episode of Blink of an Eye: Episode 2 He Talked with God. August 5. DAY 1. In this episode, you will hear interview excerpts from
Davis Barsby, Assistant Manager of the Beach Club in Cape May, NJ, head Lifeguard, and dear family friend of the Senft family
Pete Senft, Louise's oldest son, who lives and Baltimore and was her advocate
Dr. Ken Williams, who has been the Senft family doctor in Baltimore since Archer was a young boy. #hopeforeverything #obtaineverything
On a hot summer day in 2015, a prominent professional and mother of 5 receives the phone call that will change the rest of her — and her family’s — life. One of her children, her son Archer, while at the beach, dove into the Atlantic Ocean for a quick, cooling swim as he’s done hundreds of times before. But this time, something went terribly wrong. Join Louise for the powerful pilot episode of this extraordinary journey of life and death, trauma and epiphany, featuring the impact of trauma on her and others and interviews with people at the scene on both sides of a rapidly unfolding timeline of life-and-death decision-making. A remarkable story of loss, advocacy, and resilience begins.
Join Louise for this episode of Blink of an Eye: Episode 1 The Call. August 5. DAY 1. In this episode, you will hear interview excerpts from
Jacqui Schmucker, a co-worker of Archer's that summer at the Beach Club,
Davis Barsby, the Assistant Manager at the Beach Club, the head lifeguard at the time of the accident, and a lifelong friend of the Senft family.
This episode is sponsored by the International Center for Spinal Cord Injury. Visit SpinalCordRecovery.org to learn more.