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Season 3: Episode 5: Sweet Savorings

Orange juice, sweet, sweet Simply Orange, finally. But just one drop. Archer passed his swallow test and for the first time in over a month, he could savor flavors he loved. Join Louise in this episode of Blink of an Eye as she celebrates and looks back at the first big milestone of Archer’s time at the Shepherd Center: his swallow test and the glorious moments after, and, what surprising experiences food might mean to all of us. Hear about the continued generosity of friends, including a room of her own, as well as how food became a barometer for Archer’s mental and physical state in this episode.

In this episode, you’ll hear interview excerpts from:

Chris Killebrew, a friend of Louise’s from UVA college days and resident of Atlanta, who offered his empty condominium to Louise as a place of respite and home base. He and Louise talk about how the offering of the condo came to be through their late mutual friend Nick Costas and what it meant for Louise in the trauma and turmoil to have a quiet oasis.

Dewey Senft, one of Louise’s sons and Archer’s older brother by two years, who visited Archer just as he was beginning to swallow again. Louise and Dewey talk about what it took to get Archer to eat and the ways his interest and appetite served as a barometer for how he was doing during their time at Shepherd and the strength of will it takes for quadriplegics, and those compromised by pulmonary breathing issues, to want to live. 

Our theme music is by Victoria Vox. 

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

Peppers Theme by Kevin MacLeod

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

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

Calm Reflective Piano by MusicLFiles

Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/8022-calm-reflective-piano

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

Blink of an Eye Podcast is sponsored by I C THAT — The Integrative Center for Trauma Healing, Advocacy and Transformation: a non-profit created as a national resource to help change the way we respond to Spinal Cord Injury to include trauma healing approaches for families and medical teams across the U.S.  I C THAT provides a national team of SCI specialized doctors for expert opinions in the first hours of crisis, a Multidisciplinary Family Support & Navigation Team for SCI families lead by SCI families for the first 30 days of crisis, and a National Resource Library of trauma informed responses for the first hours and days after injury specialized for families, friends and SCI medical staff. I C THAT also offers a Registry of Medically Unexpected SCI Recoveries.  I C THAT will host the inaugural conference The Science of Trauma: Hope for Trauma Healing October 6, 2022.  To donate and find out more, visit www.ICTHAT.org.

To find out more about Archer, Louise, and this podcast, visit the websites blinkofaneyepodcast.com, BaltimoreMediation.com and BeingRelational.com. 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: www.patreon.com/blinkofaneyepod

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

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Bonus Episode: Ripple Effects…Montage

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Over the last two years of making Blink of an Eye, Louise has interviewed over 70 people and counting — many of them family members and friends both close and far. In this last bonus episode of our break between seasons, you will hear from a few of Louise’s family members and friends about how Archer’s accident ricocheted out into the family and community, impacting not only the groups but each individual member. In their own voices, they explain how Archer’s incident influenced everything from their career paths to the ways they think about life. Hear about the family ties that were strengthened and challenged in this week’s bonus episode. We hope this episode helps you normalize the impact we all have on the family systems that we are all part of, individually and collectively. We are all so interconnected.

In this episode, you’ll hear the voices of:

Will Phipps

Pete Senft

Paula Senft Easton

Dewey Senft

Jaqui Schmucker

Trena Mitchell

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

Background Sentimental Piano And Cello by MusicLFiles

Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/9034-background-sentimental-piano-and-cello

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

Immersed by Kevin MacLeod

Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/3900-immersed

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

Calm Contemplative Piano by MusicLFiles

Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/8663-calm-contemplative-piano

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

Calm Reflective Piano by MusicLFiles

Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/8022-calm-reflective-piano

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

Lonely Fish by Sascha Ende®

Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/4655-lonely-fish

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 see extra Blink of an Eye content and bonus episodes at: www.patreon.com/blinkofaneyepod.

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

Blink of an Eye Podcast is sponsored by I C THAT — The Integrative Center for Trauma Healing, Advocacy and Transformation: a non-profit created as a national resource to help change the way we respond to Spinal Cord Injury to include trauma healing approaches for families and medical teams across the U.S.  I C THAT provides a National pool of SCI specialized Radiologists for second opinions in the first hours of crisis, A Multidisciplinary Family Support and Advocacy Team for SCI families for the first 30 days of crisis, and a National Registry of Medically Unexpected SCI Recoveries. They will also host the inaugural conference The Science of Trauma: Hope for Trauma Healing. To donate and find out more, visit www.ICTHAT.org.

#hopeforeverything   #obtaineverything

Season 2: Episode 19: The (New) North Star

Copy_of_blink-1024x512-_23_6nrnq.jpgPart 3 of a trilogy. As Louise was culling through her archive of text messages in 2015, she had her own epiphany: with so many different things happening all at the same time, she wanted to provide a window into this intense period of time by bringing the voices to life. 

In today’s third part of this text trilogy, you’ll hear about the fast paced orchestration by Louise and the Shepherd Center with assistance from the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation and Louise’s friends to get a Spinal Cord Injury expert nurse practitioner to fly in to assess Archer and what it meant to have that expertise for Louise, Archer and their family. Settle in to hear some raw and some tender unedited texts from Aug 29th and 30th — including clips and messages and even a cameo performance by a family dog which family and friends sent to Archer and Louise. You’ll hear the joy, the sorrow and everything in between as Louise and her family members were in a waiting game as they found their new North Star: not just getting Archer out of the ICU at AtlantiCare, but the potential to transport Archer to Atlanta.

In this episode, you’ll hear the voices of:

Billy Senft

Paula Senft Easton

Pete Senft

Dewey Senft

Anne Hamman

In addition, you’ll hear interview excerpts from:

Bernadette Mauro, the Director of Information and Resources at the Christopher and Dana Reeves Foundation, who was in contact with Louise over rehab options. She and Louise reflect on the conversations Bernadatte had with Billy and Louise about the Shepherd Center and their teen unit and how hard it was to convince Billy that Archer shouldn’t return to Baltimore right away.

Jackson Morrill, a childhood and highschool lacrosse friend of Archer’s, who attended the Prayer Vigil at The Friend’s School, Baltimore. He shares with Louise the heaviness and fear of Archer’s unknown future that weighed on Archer’s friends.

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

Placid Ambient by MusicLFiles

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

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 19: The (New) North Star,

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

Season 2: Episode 18: Hot Cocoa

Copy_of_blink-1024x512-_23_6nrnq.jpgPart 2 of a trilogy. As Louise was culling through her archive of text messages in 2015, she had her own epiphany: with so many different things happening all at the same time, she wanted to provide a window into this intense period of time by bringing the voices to life. 

In this second part of this text trilogy, you’ll continue to hear about confidential negotiations to bring a Sheppard Center representative to assess Archer when the hospital said Archer was not transportable and they were out of options. Settle in to hear unedited texts from Aug 28th and 29th and hear Archer’s voice in a prescient Youtube of a school assignment from his freshman year of high school that Paula found and sent out to family that day. Listen along as the potential to move to the Shepherd Center begins to crystalize, slowly in real time, all thanks to Louise’s family and friends across the country and across the decades of her life responding to her Family & Friends Updates. 

In this episode, you’ll hear the voices of:

Billy Senft

Paula Senft Easton

Pete Senft

Archer Senft

Dewey Senft

Dutch Senft 

Anne Hamman

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

Placid Ambient by MusicLFiles

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

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 18: Hot Cocoa.

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

 

Season 2: Episode 17: Caught in No Man‘s Land

Copy_of_blink-1024x512-_21_6iywv.jpgPart 1 of a 2 part companion episode.  As Louise was culling through her archive of text messages in 2015, she had her own epiphany: with so many different things happening all at the same time, she wanted to provide a window into this intense period of time by bringing the voices to life. Join Louise in this special 2 part Episode for a fast-paced chock full unvarnished look even behind the Family and Friends updates.  You’ll hear about confidential negotiations to bring a Sheppard Center representative to assess Archer when the hospital said Archer was not transportable and they were out of options, insurance obstacles, work obligations, Mom concerns, and Billy’s talk at the Prayer Vigil, including intimate dialogue between Louise and Billy, and a very tender dialogue with her old college friend about what does it mean to believe in God. Settle in to hear texts in full from the voices of her family. Immerse yourself in the web of connection these texts created for Louise.

In this episode, you’ll hear the voices of:

Billy Senft

Paula Senft Easton

Dewey Senft

Pete Senft

Anne Hamman

You’ll also hear an excerpt from an interview with:

Jackson Morrill, a childhood and high school lacrosse friend of Archer’s, who attended the Prayer Vigil at The Friend’s School, Baltimore. He and Louise speak about the portal that a gathering for a prayer vigil provided to so many young people who were still in shock to begin to talk openly about their pain and their hopes as they too were impacted by Archer’s tragedy. 

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

Placid Ambient by MusicLFiles

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

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 17: Caught In No Man’s Land.

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

Episode 3: Tunnel Vision

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Tunnel Vision can happen when we are in trauma. As part of a survival instinct, our brain locks us into tunnel vision to stay focused on what is most essential at that moment. We have blinders on to all around us, including those who are trying to help. It's nothing personal, we are in love survival mode. But, even in Tunnel Vision, we can be aware enough to see the angels put in our path. In this episode of Blink of an Eye, Louise visits with several people who have first-hand experience with Tunnel Vision. She also talks about what if’s for hospitals.

 

Join Louise for this episode of Blink of an Eye: Episode 3 Tunnel Vision August 5. DAY 1. In this episode, you will hear interview excerpts from

Dewey Senft, Louise’s son who is 24 years old, and at the time of Archer’s accident was 19 in college. Dewey is now a fund accountant in Boston.

 Sue Wunder, a special ed teacher for 30 years in the Cape May County Special Services School District, New Jersey. Sue is also the mother of Robbie Wunder, a quadriplegic.

 Mary Lou Healy, a middle school math teacher at the Cathedral School and now Calvert Hall in Baltimore.

 Dr. Kris Radcliffe, a spinal surgeon with the Rothman Institute in Philadelphia and Archer’s neck surgeon at Atlanticare

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