Catastrophe: That Moment Everything Good and Perfect About Our Life Stopped
October 25, 2016
Catastrophe: Understanding Your Caregiving Rights
October 26, 2016


Catastrophe continued…Within minutes of the EMT arriving to the scene, Bob was transported to a nearby hospital ER. Here they did a CT scan, diagnosed him with a catastrophic brain bleed, and said there was absolutely nothing they could do (“we are not equipped to help him”).

I remember him lying on the examination table, holding his head and moaning, “Deb, you deserve so much better than this,” and how I had shot back, “Please, for once, think of yourself and not me.”

Driving at 3AM During a Supercell Warning

Still in a semi-cognitive state but reeling from the nausea and severe headache, he was then transferred to Emory Neuroscience ICU, where the “big boys” practice medicine. Ironically, at the same time we were seeking emergency intervention, Atlanta was under a “Supercell Warning”. This is the rarest and worst thunderstorm that has the potential to develop into a tornado. So at 2AM, as Bob rode in the ambulance and as I drove alone in my SUV, strong winds were howling around us and golf ball size hail ricocheted off my windshield. I remember seeing few cars on Atlanta’s interstate and immediately prayed, “God, please keep us alive until we can get help.”

And I Still Had Not Cried

Upon arriving at Emory Neuroscience ICU where Dr. Sanjay Gupta, renowned neurosurgeon and CNN’s Emmy Award-winning chief medical correspondent was Chief of Neurosurgery Services, Bob was still coherent, lying quietly in the hospital bed while waiting for the surgeon to assess him. Then suddenly when the neurosurgeon asked him, “When were you born? What is your career?”, Bob stared directly at me and said very slowly, “I was born in 1987. I work in building construction.”

Wrong on both points.

And there is more…

Deb Bruce
Deb Bruce
Debra Fulghum Bruce, PhD, is a well-known author, senior medical writer and health literary expert. Deb works hard and plays hard! An avid wordsmith and health communications professional, Deb loves boating, fishing and catching blue crabs at her bay front condominium in South Tampa Florida.

Comments are closed.