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Hey guys, what’s up? This is Ryan with cashflow dad life and in today’s episode I’m going to talk about. I’m going to tell you a story of what happened a couple of weeks ago that is just amazing. It’s just truly a miracle and this show has absolutely nothing but at the same time absolutely everything to do with what we talk about on this show.
And my hope is after I share with you this story that you will see how absolutely urgent it is, an absolutely pending, impending an urgent. It is for you to take action in your life. If you are not right now, right this moment, living your life that you dreamed of.
If you are not pursuing your gifts and your talents, then this story should wake you up to that a little more. So here’s what happened about two weeks ago. So one of my best friends… So I get a call from another one of our mutual friends.
We were both members of this health club and my friend Joe, he likes to go and work out. And then he goes and he swims while I get a call from my friend Peter. And he says, uh, well first I get a call and I ignore it because I’m in the doctor’s office, and then I get a text phone and says, you need to call me asap.
This is an emergency…
And I said, okay. So I was literally getting checked on by the doctor as I called them. And I was like, all right, what’s up, Peter? What? You know, what happened?
And he goes, Joe a sank to the bottom of the pool. And, uh, we think he drowned. I saw Joe, who I know a lot of these, like Joe Thompson. And I was like, Joe Thompson, senior, his son.
He was like, no, Joe Thompson, our friend, Joe Thompson, uh, this is my friend…
He’s, he’s a husband and father of five kids. He’s been my business partner. Uh, he’s, he’s a, he’s a lot of things, you know, in my life. And we met each other in college and uh, and so my heart immediately sank. And I said, what do you mean he drowned?
He was like, well, he still has a heartbeat and he’s, but he’s snoring breathing. And now my friend Peter is a, a, a, a, a veterinarian, so he’s got some medical background and so he’s like, it’s just, you know, his, he actually bit down on his tongue because, you know, he either seized up and he bit a part of his tongue off and he’s like, he’s like, they’re shipping them to the emergency room right now.
I need a, his wife’s number. And I said, alright, well I gave him her, hit her number. I was like, but let me, let me call and, and, and what can I do?
So I immediately started racing. He couldn’t get through to his wife, Joe’s wife. And so I started racing to her work and at the same time I called another friend John and I said, hey, can you go to their house?
So John went to their house and I went to her work and in the meantime my wife tried calling her and so my wife finally got through to her and let her know that her husband had just sank to the bottom of the pool.
Now, this is what we found out after the fact he was swimming, he didn’t have any preconditions, you know, nothing that would allude to this happening. But basically he had a heart attack while he was swimming.
He sank to the bottom of the pool and he was there, you know, we think anywhere from a minute and 30 seconds to five minutes until the life guard pulled them out and started doing cpr on him.
So as soon as I found out that his wife was at his house, I just went straight to the emergency room to meet him there. Now none of the doctors or nurses would let me back there. And, uh, one of the doctors did come out to me and say, you know, I’m, I’m sorry man. I mean, we’re, we’re going to do the protocol. We’re going to do everything that we’re supposed to do.
But, um, it doesn’t look good. Meanwhile, if you can imagine this, I have my friend’s wife calling me who is also upset and has very limited information. The only information she’s got is what’s been passed onto her from Peter to me, to my wife, to her, and she’s saying, is my husband going to be okay? And I had no.
I had no light that I could share with her.
Other than that he was breathing and that his heart was beating…
And the, my friend Peter Actually told to me, you know, that I, I’ll never forget these words he said, and the second phone call where I asked them to give me a, a little more information about what was going on. He said these words, he said, I’m sorry Ryan. I know you guys were close.
I don’t think he’s gonna make it. He was posturing. If you know what posturing is, it’s basically, you know, when you’re kind of moving your hands and your legs around it shows a severe. It’s a sign of severe brain damage.
So his wife finally gets to the hospital, you know, and, and, you know, I’m trying to get everybody to pray for them. Um, and we’re still waiting. Just seemed like an unbearably long amount of time in the waiting room to go see him and his wife’s crying. I’m fighting back tears the entire time.
And then we meet with the doctors and then the doctors tell us the same thing that, that they initially told me. They said, look, you know, he’s, you know, his heart is beating. He, he bit down on part of his tongue. We’re not sure if it’s a heart attack or a seizure.
The way that he’s posturing, moving his arms around, it looks to be a sign of severe brain damage. We finally go in there because they finally let us back after they do their initial, you know, whatever recovery stuff. He’s all hooked up on wires, ventilator…you know, they got them on all the monitors and, and…
You know, just seeing him laying there, you know, moving around like he’s got brain damage. Unconscious was heart wrenching. So, uh, we actually had a priest come in and gave him last rites.
The doctor came in and, you know, again, gave his, his thoughts on it.
I’m at the doctor and the hall and I said, look man, just tell it to me straight up because what you said in there, you know, was all medical, but I, you know, I, I just want to know straight up exactly what this means. He said, well, what it means is to me it is not a question of whether or not your friend has severe brain damage.
He said it’s just a question of how bad that damage actually is. He’s like, the question is, is whether or not his wife’s going to make a hard decision and pull the plug on him. That is what the doctor told me.
Okay. And that, and that is the only information that I had, but the process is when somebody drowns like that is you basically cool their body down to 32 degrees Celsius…
Think the normal temperature is 37 or 39. I forget what it is, but you basically cool their body down to 32 degrees Celsius for an entire 24 hours and then you, you put them on a paralytic so their body stops moving, they stop squirming, um, and uh, you just let their body be cold for 24 hours that medically has shown to reduce…the problem…the, the amount of brain damage and improve brain function and that has sometimes been known to save people.
And so whereas there was no hope that was the protocol of what you do to a person who’s still alive when they have, they have drowned.
So…I’m sorry, retailing and that kind of choke up a little bit.
So, uh, you know, in this time was the longest amount of time that I’ve spent on waiting for an answer on something. So he is completely unconscious. His wife is at his bedside 24 hours a day. His, his, you know, mom flies in and she comes by his bedside. I’ve got his kids and…the entire church community, the entire Internet community, everybody’s praying for them.
And some of you have been subscribed for my channel long enough, you can get my emails, you probably prayed for them as well. And so he’s got everybody praying for them, praying for a miracle. And a that I forget, which I think it was Friday morning that either Friday morning or Saturday morning is when I, you know, I asked the nurse that was was, you know, uh, you know, on, on his case.
And I said, what, what is the situation, what is it going to look like in the morning? She’s like, well, he’s got to come off the paralytic and then we’ve got to raise the temperature up by point three degrees per hour.
So even after he comes out of this, you know, after he’s warming his body back up, he still got a period of time where the paralytic has to wear off like an hour after we, you know, get his body back up to the normal temperature.
So my wife had all of his kids and, and she actually had recorded them all talking because my wife is a nurse and she had heard that, you know, you could, you know, apparently audio, even if you’re in a coma or unconscious, apparently you can still hear what’s going on.
So she, uh, sorry, it’s hard to tell this without choking up. So she, uh, she had them recording how much, you know, like basically, Hi Dad, I hope you knew, if you feel better soon, I hope you come back soon.
And so, um, so we gave this video to, uh, to her mom and, and, uh, to his mom and to his wife and uh, and they were praying with them the entire time and they’re playing these, uh, these videos to them as he was a, as he was.
Oh Man. I thought it would be easier to retell and sorry guys. So we’re replaying these videos to them and they’re playing these videos to, um, you know, as he’s, uh, in that process of warming his body backup and um, before the paralytic wears off, uh, he wakes up and apparently he was supposed to wake up and he would be gone or he’d wake up and he’d talk, you know, one of those two things and if you woke up and he talked, it would be a miracle.
So he wakes up, pulls the ventilator out and says, “What happened?”
And so he started getting his, his brain function back. It was such miracle that the doctor that had told me that in the Er, that it wasn’t a question of whether or not he’s got severe brain damage. It was a question of whether or not his wife would pull the plug on him.
That doctor had to come up and see it with his own eyes to see how he was up.
And he was talking…
So you have a couple couple of funny things is he said the, he, he would, he would come in and out. You know, when you’re getting your memory back, I don’t know if you’ve ever had a concussion or seen somebody who’s got a concussion.
When you get in your memory back, you kind of asked the same things over and over again.
So we always asked what happened, where am I?
And uh, and uh, you know, he was kind of a indignant at first when we would tell them, we were like, well, you know, you got in an accident and uh, and you, you sink to the bottom of the pool at stone creek while you were swimming.
And he’d say, no, I didn’t. And then he’d go back to sleep and, you know, the next, next time you wake up, what happened? Where am I, you know, you’re, you know, you got in an accident and you sink to the bottom of the pool. You, uh, you know, you sunk to the bottom and pull his stone creek and he’d say, bs.
I know how to swim and go back to sleep…
So finally, you know, another time that was funny, he’d wake up and he say, what happened? And this, at this point, our parish priest was in the room with us and the, uh, principal, uh, to our, to our school was with us and he wakes up and goes, what happened?
They were like, well, you’re in the hospital. He goes, he’s like, did I die? Am I in heaven? And uh, our parish priest goes, no, if you were in heaven, the school principal wouldn’t be here. I mean, it was just, that was kind of funny.
But when he finally came to later on that date, that was the morning he was waking up, going in and out. Later that afternoon he was awake and I had a conversation with them for an entire hour. And I told him what happened.
I told him the whole sad story from beginning to end…
Like I just told you guys, you know, starting with how Peter, you know, call me from the club and told me that he had drowned to, you know, crying with his wife and the emergency room and what the doctors had said and how everybody was praying for him.
And after I share with them this long, long story, just incredibly long story, he pauses for a minute, just can’t believe you know that that happened. And he goes, wait a minute, did Peter have to give me mouth to mouth? It was like, his only concern was that our buddy, whether or not our buddy had to give them out the mouth, that’s the only part that he was just not sure of and you needed an answer on.
And he’s back in full force if you know Joe, he’s just got a great sense of humor. And uh, he was joking right out the gate even even when I was telling them, yeah, the doctor said, it’s not a question of whether or not you get your brain function back. It’s just how bad it will be.
He goes, Ha, joke’s on him. I didn’t have a whole lot of brain function to begin with.
So it wasn’t a whole lot of recovery for me. He’s back at 100 percent. He’s with his kids. He’s with his family is just amazing.
And it’s a miracle. And the reason I share this story with you guys here on this podcast called cashflow dad life, about, you know, making passive income investments. The reason is he’s only 40 years old.
He’s only 40 years old, no previous sign of any heart condition. Now he’s got, he’s had to put a defibrillator in now. Um, but no previous sign of a heart condition exercises.
He was actually at a health club…
The reason I share that is because that could happen to any of us that could happen to anyone on any occasion, is that you could just, your life could be over. Now, I pick on millennials all the time. If you know me, if you’ve heard some of my other stuff, I pick on them and their work ethic and what whatnot.
But if there’s one thing that they have right, it’s their sentiments of Yolo. You ever heard them say, “Yolo.” It, it means you only live once. We only have one life to live. And Joe has the extreme blessing of having a renewed lease on life.
He’s had something extreme happens to where he can now sit down and look at his life and say, wow, I’m here for a reason. I’m here for a purpose.
Most of us don’t have to, don’t have that traumatic experience to awaken our ourselves up to that, you know, why are you here? What is your reason? What is your purpose? And if you’re not doing that right now, then why not time is running out. You never know how much time you have at any moment. What happened to my friend, Joe could be any one of us.
So I just wanted to share that story with you guys. This, this is fresh for me. If you can’t tell you, I apologize for choking up, but it is emotional for me. He’s my dear friend and um, and uh, and actually we’re still trying to help pay for his medical bills.
So if anybody’s interested, you can go to the go fund me site. It’s a Joe Thompson Medical Fund and uh, you just google search, Joe Thompson, medical founder, go, go to go fund me and search that.
He’s got to pay for like 20 percent of a, of a pretty serious a hospital stay, so, um, so you can go there and help them out, but uh, but moreover, I hope that you took from this, this urgent need for you to start living your life now, to start doing whatever it takes to get you to your purpose and to live your life with purpose.
There are people depending on you, not just your kids. Okay? And that was one of the things that we saw with Joe. I mean, I’m sure Joe and his isolation, he might’ve thought, well, you know, what impact am I really making on, on this world?
I think we all sometimes feel isolated. I know men especially feel isolated and they think, what impact am I making right now? Does anybody care? Why would anybody care if I was gone?
You know, with Joe, we had entire churches filled up with people, praying for them. And what impact is your community missing out on right now?
Because you’re not living your life to the fullest. What are your kids missing out on? What are your, what is your wife missing out on, or your husband if you’re not living your life to the fullest?
So guys, take that, take that lesson, take that story, take it to heart and take action today. Do something today that lives, that pursues your dream, and really executes on the gifts and talents that God has given you. Thank you so much for listening and I’ll talk to you guys next time.
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