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Season 2: Episode 24: Respiratory Failure

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T-shirts. Sweatshirts. Wristbands. Gifts and comfort items from friends delivered to Archer’s room in the ICU. A prayer vigil that looked like a sea of a million lights. These are the things that had built an energy field of support just when Louise needed it most as she was handed a letter stating Archer’s prognosis. In Season 2: Episode 24: Respiratory Failure, listen in as Louise imagines departing with Archer to the Shepherd Center unaware of unexpected new challenges, and a phone call that stopped her in her tracks. 

In this episode, you will hear excerpts from interviews with:

Mollie Franke, family friend and member of the Senft’s community in Baltimore, who visited in the ICU early days of Archer’s injury and gave him his favorite Orioles blanket. Mollie and Louise reflect on the moment Mollie heard the news of Archer’s injury and the power of prayer and action. They also reflect on some of the actions their community took in the wake of Archer’s accident, like collective prayer and the creation of the Archer Strong wristbands.

Jackson Morrill, a boyhood, soccer and lacrosse friend of Archer’s, who created t-shirts and sweatshirts using one of Archer’s drawings. He and Louise talk about the story behind the t-shirts and the community prayer vigil Jackson attended and his memory of a million lights.

Cathy Lobo, school nurse at the School of the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen in Baltimore, who initially ordered the Archer Strong wristbands. Cathy and Louise talk about the ripple effect of the wristbands out into the community and the support that created back in the hospital.

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

Emotional Piano Improvisation by Alexander Nakarada

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

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

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 www.ICTHAT.org

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 24: Respiratory Failure.

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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Here are some photos of the t-shirts created from today's episode: 

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Season 2: Episode 23: Radical Acceptance

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Archer’s future was in limbo — as everyone waited to see if his body would respond to a last ditch medical attempt to seal a hole in his lungs and if the Shepherd Center would officially accept him or not — but for Bill and Louise, that was not the only thing in limbo. The highly anticipated launch party on September 1 to celebrate the publication of their first book, Being Relational: The Seven Ways to Quality Interaction & Lasting Change, was being scuttled. Up until Archer’s injury, they had been coordinating with their publisher, publicists and others, but when they found themselves in the ICU with Archer, many plans and dreams changed as the couple’s focus shifted to their son. In Season 2: Episode 23: Radical Acceptance, Louise shares how radical acceptance is more than just accepting life as is, it’s knowing there is something grander than what can be seen. 

In this episode, you will hear excerpts from interviews with:

Bill Senft, Louise’s husband and co-author. Bill and Louise open a tender conversation they had not had before about Bill’s experience bedside Archer, and his wonderings about why and his deep sadness about the loss of his dreams for a book he and Louise spent years writing.  You will hear their ideas of what radical acceptance means to them. 

Christine Belleris, chief editor, HCI Publishers in Boca Raton, FL, publishers of Chicken Soup for the Soul, and Bill and Louise’s book, Being Relational: the Seven Ways to Quality Interaction & Lasting Change. She and Louise talk about the book publishing process, their working together, and the challenge of releasing a book during a time of crisis.

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

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

This episode is sponsored by I C THAT — The Integrative Center for Trauma Healing, Advocacy and Transformation. I C THAT is a nonprofit that seeks to change the response to the trauma experience.  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, a national conference The Science of Trauma: Hope for Trauma Healing, and trauma healing education for families and medical staff. To donate and find out more about their annual conference, please visit www.ICTHAT.org

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 23: Radical Acceptance.

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 21: Radical Inclusion

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Back to Baltimore. Back to school. Back to life outside of the ICU  — if only for a minute. While Billy stayed with Archer back at AtlantiCare for a few days, Louise turned her attention towards her other kids: two starting new semesters at college, one starting seventh grade. How do families and children transition through trauma and loss?  Join Louise as she opines about the internal struggles and the internal and external supports, plus a visit by angels.  We all develop patterns we learned in childhood to survive and thrive, and they surface again and again in crisis.   

In this episode, you will hear excerpts from interviews with:

Paula Senft Easton, Louise’s eldest child, was present for the Family Meeting in Baltimore before the other kids started their school years. She and Louise speak about how the family meeting went and the balance family members had to strike with their attention as the school year began. 

Elizabeth and Ken Rice, longtime neighbors of the Senft family in Baltimore, who helped tend to the home as the family was away in Atlantic City and Cape May while Archer was in the ICU. Louise spoke with the couple about the transition from summer to fall routines amidst all the chaos and how important it is to ask for help and help others.

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

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

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 21: Radical Inclusion.

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 20: Southern Exposure

Copy_of_blink-1024x512-_27_67nvf.jpgThe hospital said Archer was deteriorating and was not transportable. Louise knew they were up against time. She believed in Archer and what was possible but was facing medical and institutional barriers.  What weighed heavily on their minds was how to get Archer out of AtlantiCare and where he would be going, potentially making a large decision that would uproot Archer from his family and friends, if he could be stabilized.  Join Louise in Season 2: Episode 20: Southern Exposure for an inside look at her decision making with Billy, a blind spot she discovered, and a God wink moment.

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

Tara Grimes, MOT, OTR/L, CCM, the MidAtlantic Access Case Manager at the Shepherd Center, in Atlanta, Georgia, who flew in to evaluate Archer for potential admission to their spinal cord injury adolescent program. She and Louise speak about the evaluation process, the importance of being educated about options, the delays from the lack of coordinated care, and why the Shepherd Center felt like the right fit — both medically and energetically — though Tara could not make a final determination without medical records and cooperation from the hospital. 

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 20: Southern Exposure.

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 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

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

#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

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

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