RETURNEES

Andrew Bolt is back on deck – and so is RebeccaH, following the world’s first heart attack to be posted live in comments.

Posted by Tim B. on 07/25/2007 at 08:17 PM
    1. Welcome back, Rebecca! (Even if you have the same name as my ex-wife).

      Posted by Hucbald on 2007 07 25 at 08:28 PM • permalink

 

    1. Seems to me we could have avoided a lot of confusion if Blair had some kind of commenters’ leave form.

      Posted by Margos Maid on 2007 07 25 at 08:30 PM • permalink

 

    1. Rebecca, great to have you with us.  Stick around, OK?

      Posted by ChrisPer on 2007 07 25 at 08:37 PM • permalink

 

    1. #2
      Yeah, that leave form is a good idea.
      Especially with the security level observed by Wron and Paco and MarkL, et al.
      Thank heaven that MrH contacted Tim!

      Posted by kae on 2007 07 25 at 08:45 PM • permalink

 

    1. Dear Mrs. H:

      We regret to inform you that, since your premium payment was received five minutes late, you will have to pay 100% of your medical bills, as opposed to the 99% co-pay for which you would normally be obligated under your Prudential Allied Coverage Online health insurance policy. However, inasmuch as you are a valued, long-time client, we are sending you a free desk calendar.

      Sincerely,

      Percival Porkington Paco III
      Vice President
      Prudential Allied Coverage Online, Inc.

      “Next to our huge profit margins, your health is the most important thing in the world to us!”

      Posted by paco on 2007 07 25 at 09:01 PM • permalink

 

    1. Welcome back Rebecca!

      —Nora

      Posted by The Thin Man Returns on 2007 07 25 at 09:03 PM • permalink

 

    1. It is wonderful to have Rebecca back. As Sister Sledge sang…We Are Family. Great tune to dance to also.

      Posted by El Cid on 2007 07 25 at 09:08 PM • permalink

 

    1. Yes, but Rebecca probably needs to hold off on the dancing for a few days… especially the break dancing.

      Posted by Franklin on 2007 07 25 at 09:13 PM • permalink

 

    1. Welcome back Rebecca and Bolta – both missed during their absence.

      Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2007 07 25 at 09:14 PM • permalink

 

    1. Welcome back Rebecca!

      Unfortunately it’s not the first time I’ve heard of this blog making people sick. Kevin Rudd should hold a summit about it.

      Posted by Infidel Tiger on 2007 07 25 at 09:21 PM • permalink

 

    1. Franklin

      For sure, for a while.

      Infidel Tiger

      Funny as it can be…tip o the hat to ya mate.

      Posted by El Cid on 2007 07 25 at 09:24 PM • permalink

 

    1. Welcome back, Rebecca.  I am looking forward to laughing at your wonderful sense of humour and nodding in agreement with your snarky comments!

      Posted by missred on 2007 07 25 at 09:31 PM • permalink

 

    1. missred

      Oh never mind…:).

      Posted by El Cid on 2007 07 25 at 09:41 PM • permalink

 

    1. Becca. 🙂

      ‘;’;’;’‘;’;’;’‘;’;;’;’;’;’;
      ;’;’;’;’;’;’;’;’;’;’;’;’;’;
      ;’;’;’;’;’;’;’;’;’;’;;;;;;;

      Fairy dust.

      Posted by 1.618 on 2007 07 25 at 09:42 PM • permalink

 

    1. Rebecca may enjoy this one.

      Posted by paco on 2007 07 25 at 09:45 PM • permalink

 

    1. paco

      That’s one ugly SOB…and he ain’t never gonna be in GQ.

      Posted by El Cid on 2007 07 25 at 09:56 PM • permalink

 

    1. #16: That’s one ugly SOB…and he ain’t never gonna be in GQ.

      Not unless they use a copy to scoop up what’s left.

      Posted by paco on 2007 07 25 at 10:07 PM • permalink

 

    1. Welcome back Rebecca!  I’m so happy to see all’s better.

      (slyly returns beer stein with initials RH and VRWC to clean mug shelf)

      Posted by wronwright on 2007 07 25 at 10:32 PM • permalink

 

    1. Welcome back RebeccaH….and please, don’t do that again.

      Posted by Zardoz on 2007 07 25 at 10:33 PM • permalink

 

    1. 17

      I was focused on him and his wonderful sartorial look, especially the bomb vest, well the shoes too but failed to read the recycling part…Although “Martyred” should have been a clue.

      Posted by El Cid on 2007 07 25 at 10:41 PM • permalink

 

    1. Yes RebeccaH, please don’t do that anymore.  Welcome back.

      Posted by Not My Problem on 2007 07 25 at 10:45 PM • permalink

 

    1. Welcome back, Rebecca!

      Are you on any snark limitations or troll-bashing restrictions, or are you cleared for full commenting duty?

      Posted by Blue State Sil on 2007 07 25 at 11:07 PM • permalink

 

    1. Gosh Rebecca, that’s scary. Really glad you’re feeling better.

      Posted by calliope on 2007 07 25 at 11:38 PM • permalink

 

    1. O/T but WEAR YOUR FUCKING SEATBELT,

      Ive just spent an hour doing CPR on one of my workmates who was flung from a vehicle when they lost it and rolled on the way to work.
      4 people he was the only dead one, the rest had belts on.
      Fuck!

      Posted by thefrollickingmole on 2007 07 26 at 01:05 AM • permalink

 

    1. #24 – Holy Shit. That’s a tough day at work.

      Posted by Infidel Tiger on 2007 07 26 at 01:15 AM • permalink

 

    1. Welcome back Rebecca! You pay close attention to what the nice doctors say, OK?

      That whimpering sound you hear is Wron. Andrea got a leetle upset about him borrowing your mug from the VRWC bar’n’grill’n’moonbat whipping room.

      SO your chilled Sumerian mead awaits.

      MarkL Canberra

      Posted by MarkL on 2007 07 26 at 01:18 AM • permalink

 

    1. Condolences frollicker – not many people survive CPR in real life, but it is a credit to you that you gave that person every chance.

      Posted by Margos Maid on 2007 07 26 at 01:23 AM • permalink

 

    1. Welcome back, Rebecca!

      Posted by Andrea Harris, Administrator on 2007 07 26 at 06:02 AM • permalink

 

    1. This year might not have much of a hurricane season, and expectations have been lowered, but atleast reporters can still note it is expected to be stronger than last year!

      Posted by aaron_ on 2007 07 26 at 06:26 AM • permalink

 

    1. And, glad you’re alright Rebecca.

      Posted by aaron_ on 2007 07 26 at 06:32 AM • permalink

 

    1. Rebecca: welcome back and continued good health to you.

      Posted by Baby M on 2007 07 26 at 07:07 AM • permalink

 

    1. I missed the drama, Rebeccah, but am glad to see you back. This was probably an internet first.

      Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2007 07 26 at 08:19 AM • permalink

 

    1. I sympathize with you Rebecca. I went through that experience in March this year & ended up with a triple bypass. Getting old can suck at times.

      Lucky for me I decided to have my arrest in the ambulance just after it picked me up from the medical centre. 2 belts from the defib restarted the ticka.

      Take care (& take the pills).

      Posted by Spag_oz on 2007 07 26 at 09:29 AM • permalink

 

    1. Welcome back, Rebecca! Your seat in the VRWC tavern awaits you – oh, and be sure to check with Andrea for the latest settings for your secret decoder ring.

      FrolickingMole, my condolances to yourself, and to your coworker’s family. A few years ago, the van my daughter was riding in hit a patch of black ice on I-80, spun out of control, and flipped. The van was totaled, but she and her fiance had their belts on and walked away without a scratch. In our home, the car doesn’t leave the curb until the belts are are on.

      Posted by Urbs in Horto on 2007 07 26 at 09:41 AM • permalink

 

    1. #24 Frollicking, that is absolutely terrible. I’m so sorry you had such a bad day, it’s never good to see a friend die. Been there, done that, never want to do it again.

      If you ever have a low moment, where you wonder if you did everything you could, please remember that you did.

      Posted by Ash_ on 2007 07 26 at 09:47 AM • permalink

 

    1. Rebecca,  glad to have you back!!  (who says prayers go unanswered!!)

      Posted by Old Tanker on 2007 07 26 at 11:20 AM • permalink

 

    1. #24: Very sorry to hear that, Frollicking. God bless you for your efforts, and the soul of your friend.

      Posted by paco on 2007 07 26 at 11:31 AM • permalink

 

    1. Oh my gosh, thanks Tim and everybody (again).  How very kind you are.

      Paco – that was priceless.

      Frollickingmole, OMG, how terrible for the victim, and for you.  Please talk to someone, delayed reaction can be extremely hard.

      All right, here are the gory details for the curious, and then this will be history:  Last thursday, I had a mild heart attack, and even though I had the classic “woman” symptoms, I knew what was happening:  very little pain, an intense pressure in my chest, neck, and upper back, a sudden onset of weakness and shortness of breath, and an absolute belief that I was going to die, and this is the second time it’s happened to me.  I’ve been on statins and diuretics for some time now, and as a diabetic, I’m vulnerable.  Irrationally, I thought I should be saying goodbye, so I emailed and posted instead of calling 911 – heart attack victims often go into denial, and I did.  As it happened, my husband took me to the hospital instead of waiting for an ambulance, because we live almost half an hour from the nearest hospital.  They did the usual, took enough blood for an army of vampires, and did an angiogram which showed no blockages, and after four days they sent me home with strict instructions from my doctor:  no more pole vaulting or ice hockey.  I’m also denied caffeine (alcohol, unfortunately, has been largely out of the picture for years), all of which I regard as an overreaction from God for my profligate ways.

      For the record, more women die of heart disease than from any form of cancer.  And I have learned (finally) that I can’t trust myself to do the right thing in the crunch, so for now, I’m trusting in God and Mr. H.  Those of you who have this problem, make sure you’ve got a backup nearby.

      That’s it in a nutshell.  And thank you again for all the well wishes, and for the lovely wit and intelligence I’ve seen here.  If laughter is the best medicine, this is the best place.  I can’t believe how kind you all are to someone who is just a faceless name on a screen.

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2007 07 26 at 02:09 PM • permalink

 

    1. Hey, Rebecca. Like Wimpy Canadian, I missed all the drama, but sure am glad to see you up and about and eager to continue the good fight. My best friend has a bum ticker and we’ve been through the events you describe more than once with her. I think we finally have her “trained” to, first, pop the digitalis and, second, dial 911. In future, do not even consider “going gently” (although it was nice of you to think to say good-bye to the rest of us “faceless names on a screen”).

      #2—Seems to me we could have avoided a lot of confusion if Blair had some kind of commenters’ leave form.

      I’ve considered more than once explaining a prolonged absence in advance, but it seems so, I dunno, egotistical.

      Posted by Kyda Sylvester on 2007 07 26 at 02:56 PM • permalink

 

    1. #38 Rebecca H….. It’s so nice too hear you are back in the fray. Please stay well..
      Very sorry to learn about your friend Mr. Frolicking. May he rest in peace.

      Posted by greene on 2007 07 26 at 03:08 PM • permalink

 

    1. Rebecca – “Those of you who have this problem, make sure you’ve got a backup nearby”

      My other half took the CPR course after my event. Her instructor was the ambo who saved me. I had the chance to thank him personally & a nicer more dedicated gentleman you could never meet.

      Posted by Spag_oz on 2007 07 26 at 06:46 PM • permalink

 

    1. Rebecca

      I don’t think your experience was terribly amusing, but it does remind me of an episode of the Simpsons where a character called the Comic Book Guy suffered a heart attack:

      “Breath… short! Left arm… numb! Can’t go on… describing symptoms… much… longer!”

      Posted by Margos Maid on 2007 07 26 at 06:55 PM • permalink

 

    1. TFM, you have my condolences on the loss of your friend.  Many hugs and prayers to you and to all his loved ones.

      Posted by Blue State Sil on 2007 07 26 at 08:17 PM • permalink

 

    1. REB, SORRY TO HIJACK YOUR THEAD, Hope you are as wella s you can be after such an event.
      Stupid as it sounds Ive been lucky for my years of medic’ing and this has been my first fatality.
      Id got used to having people get up and walk after (3) resus’ so this one hit me quite hard as a failure.
      I know the stats are bad for it but i’d begun to think (hey 3 in a row is f’n good)I was damn goodthe death really shook me.
      Thanks for everyones good wishes, I know know Im not Jesus and shit will happen, but as long as I give the bloke under my hands the best I can, Im not to blame.

      Posted by thefrollickingmole on 2007 07 28 at 09:54 AM • permalink

 

    1. Ps: the keyboard has been drinking not me 😉

      Posted by thefrollickingmole on 2007 07 28 at 09:56 AM • permalink

 

  1. Andrew Bolt is back on deck

    does that make him a bollard?

    Posted by kae on 2007 08 01 at 07:24 AM • permalink