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A moment of reflection

The sky is a beautiful shade of blue. Tiny clouds, wisps of water vapour drift slowly into view, then disperse as the sun’s rays warm them. Bird song rings out, the calls and responses of feeding pairs feasting filling the air. It is 7 a.m. and I am sitting, bleary-eyed, in a camping chair in … Read more

Becoming a Community First Responder

“So…..basically…what you’re saying is ….go away and come back in a year’s time if you’re still alive?” “Well…yes” “Is that because the paperwork would be horrendous if I pegged it on a call?” “Well…yes” And so went my first attempt, six months after my cardiac-arrest to become a Community First Responder (CFR). CFRs are volunteers … Read more

Seven minutes

Seven minutes of my life are missing. All is black.All is silent. There is no consciousness, no awareness, no realisation of unconsciousness. It is silent, amorphous, a world without verbs or adjectives.None are possible.They don’t exist.Neither do I. “Hello ! Can you hear me David ?”I do not respond.“Can you hear me David ? Do … Read more