April 17 – “Enough”

Friday April 17  –  “ . . . until now.”

Busy days.  I will try not to miss the play of the sun on new grass while I scramble with tasks.  You too, I hope.

Have a lovely weekend.


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Today’s Post – David  Whyte – 1990

Enough. These few words are enough.
If not these words, this breath.
If not this breath, this sitting here.

This opening to the life
we have refused
again and again
until now.

David Whyte, in Where Many Rivers Meet, 1990


p.s.       This amazing rescue team took form in UDM’s Dental School Waiting Room when a man collapsed and brought him back to life.  WDIV’s coverage is worth watching;  here’s Dean Aksu’s email giving some context.  WDIV follows.

Message from Dean Aksu:

As you have heard, the School of Dentistry had a medical emergency today in the patient waiting room. At about 9:30 a.m. this morning, a patient became non-responsive in the  waiting room while sitting in a waiting room chair.

Once students and faculty were alerted to the situation, several  faculty from Oral surgery including Dr. Ayman Madaway and Nurse Sue Jones responded to the scene and began to administer CPR and applied an Automatic Electronic Defibrillator to the patient.

Almost immediately, EMS was summoned and emergency resuscitation was begun. What made the event so notable was the obvious commitment of the faculty, students and oral surgery residents to persist and commit to administering CPR even after almost 30 minutes of resuscitation efforts.

The EMS crew arrived within 10 minutes of being called, however the crew dispatched to the UDM School of Dentistry was NOT certified or equipped for ADVANCED LIFE SUPPORT.

The decision was made to continue resuscitation efforts, the patient was intubated and an IV line was initiated to allow for the administration of epinephrine and other DRUGS.

After 7 attempts to defribulate and almost 30 -35 minutes of resuscitation effort with CPR and assisted breathing, the patient’s pulse and breathing were restored.  The patient was transported accompanied by Dr. Helena Perez to the DMC where the patient received a cardiac stent and is recovering.

The sheer commitment and tenacity of the first responders including Faculty, Students and Oral Surgery Residents is to be commended and is what attracted the attention of all those who saw this event. The patients in the waiting room applauded at the success of the team.

Please call me if you have any questions.

Mert N. Aksu, DDS, JD, MHSA

WDIV Channel 4 Story:


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