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Bonus Episode: Chaos and Rescue from the Beach…Montage


Possible C spine injury. No feelings in his arms. Needing to stabilize his neck. The sounds of sirens and waves. A hot, sweltering day. These fragments and the voices of EMS workers, lifeguards and beachgoers take us back to the day of Archer’s injury. In this BONUS episode of Blink of an Eye, we hear from Cape May, New Jersey, community members in their own words about the moment Archer dove into the water, the rescue and the rest of the scene on the beach. Memory can be a tricky thing, especially when it comes to trauma, and you’ll hear everyone’s different perception of the moment. Let these voices take you back to the teamwork and the powerful moments in the immediate aftermath of Archer’s accident. 

Voices in this episode include:

James Schmucker

Davis Barsby

Alex Coulter

Harry Back

Patty Schmucker

India Cochrane

Chance Laufman

Mabeth Hudson

Will Hudson

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

Meditative Sad Piano by MusicLFiles



Cinematic Background Sad by MusicLFiles



Poignant Meditative Piano by MusicLFiles



Ambient Suspenseful Calm by MusicLFiles



Peppers Theme by Kevin MacLeod



This episode is sponsored by I C THAT — The Integrative Center for Trauma Healing, Advocacy and Transformation, the leading non-profit seeking to change the response to the trauma holistically.  I C THAT provides A Multidisciplinary Family Support and Advocacy Team for Spinal Cord Injury families in the first 30 days of crisis, a National Registry of Unexpected SCI Recoveries, and a national conference The Science of Trauma: Hope for Trauma Healing. To donate and find out more about their annual conference, please visit

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Episode 17: The New North Star

Blink of an Eye Episode 17: The New North Star

Scared and confused, Louise is still hopeful, until she is told “It was just a spasm,” by a nurse who once again callously dismisses her observation of her paralyzed son she was intensely watching over. Just a spasm? Did the hospital consider the impact of those words on Archer? You’ll hear about the terror from one of Archer’s rescuers and how it really was on the beach that day.  You’ll also hear about a video of strangers who gathered on the beach to pray for Archer. The news of Archer’s traumatic accident was in the newspapers. But Louise learned the hospital had issued a statement that her family did not wish to be contacted. Why did they say that without asking them? It seemed the hospital was making this traumatic injury worse. As a mom, she was facing more barriers to get simple medical information on her son. Did the staff drug Archer? Why didn’t anyone seek her consent?  Where was the policy written to allow his mother to know everything about his care, his tests, the drugs they had going into his body, and why.  As the intensity was wearing on her family, Louise shares her views about the real patient experience and what a healing mission might look like for hospitals. Is this the way hospitals are searching for to increase patient satisfaction? Join her as she opens an exploration of hospital policies and norms and how to change those that might actually create greater suffering and increase trauma for patients and for staff too. Could there be a new approach?


Join Louise for this episode of Blink of an Eye: Episode 17 The New North Star August 7. DAY 3. 

In this episode, you will hear interview excerpts from

Harry Back, who was the Assistant Manager at the Beach Club in Cape May at the time of Archer’s accident, responsible for his rescue off the beach, and today is the City of Cape May Supervisor of Beaches in charge of the Cape May Beach Patrol.



Mabeth Hudson who was a long time Cape May cottager and Beach Club member at the time of Archer’s accident, and is the Founder of Well for the Journey in Baltimore. She was at the Beach Club around the time of Archer’s accident. 


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This episode was sponsored by the Desatnick Foundation. You can find more information about their work at

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