The Rise of the Medical Emergency, Pt. 58 - July 18th Reports
You go to a museum, you go on Youtube, you go mountain biking in the desert, or hiking on an ice trail, or swimming in the ocean -- you're in TROME
I’m a visual person, me. And, I’ve said this many times, and it will bear repeating many, many times more: what we are witnessing is a horror movie, and if it were an actual movie, then it would look like it does look.
‘Two Navy officers stepped in to help treat a man in medical distress and “assisted with life-saving efforts” in Malaga, Spain this month, according to the Navy.
Ensigns Matthew Hedish and Michael Johnson were visiting the Pablo Picasso Museum on July 6 when they noticed a man whose head was shaking involuntarily.’
I don’t know. Maybe I’m making too big of a deal out of this. Maybe he was just twitching.
‘“We noticed a man come in, an older gentleman, and he clearly had some kind of medical situation going on.”
They approached him and used a translating app to inform the man that Hedish had previous experience as an EMT. They then asked if they could check his vitals.’
‘“I noticed he had some form of neurological condition since he was shaking a little bit,” Hedish said. “The thing that really concerned me from my experience previously as an EMT was when people start nodding off with jitters and not being able to maintain any form of communication. That’s when I realized there was probably something a little bit more involved happening.”’
It sounds like he was treated at the scene and that’s it. “Probably something a little bit more involved happening” is as firm a diagnosis as we get.
‘Annabelle Ham suffered a medical emergency before her death.
The influencer's family—who previously shared that she died on July 15 at age 22—is now giving more details on her cause of death. Annabelle "experienced an epileptic event" and passed away, her loved ones wrote on her Instagram page July 18.’
‘"We're writing this with heavy, heavy hearts," her family shared in the post. "She struggled with this for a long time and wanted to raise awareness for it, which we will do in honor of her."
Authorities have not yet released an official cause of death, and her family didn't provide further details of her experience with epilepsy, a seizure disorder.’
Okay, well, I didn’t have any problem being snarky and tongue-in-cheek when I asked how long Netanyahu was experiencing heart problems for when his lying representatives told us it was also “a long time,” but in the cases of these young women having these seizures I can’t even watch on the Telegram channels, and this one died to one of those, or something like it… I have a hard time being snarky. But the question still remains.
Her family’s claim that she experienced epileptic seizures “for a long time” is strangely-worded, unless they really do mean “since she took the shot.” Anybody with epilepsy knows they have epilepsy. Her family says in their statement they will take up the mantle of spreading the word about the condition — whatever it is, explicitly — since that’s something she wanted to do. Well, that’s fine. She had an audience herself, though. I could see how she might shy away from such topics, though, on her youtube channel and etc. That’s fair enough.
And, I might be going a bit too far with this, but the only epilepsy treatments I’ve heard of involve heavy “downers,” and after running through her Youtube channel for a few minutes and almost tapping out from bubblegum overdose I can say her channel and Youtube presence is probably exactly what you think it is: beauty tips, health tips, and lots and lots of travel. But I don’t know what all epilepsy treatments look like. I could be way off. EDIT: Also, I looked into epilepsy just a touch, and it sounds like it actually just means seizures [Mayo Clinic]: “Epilepsy is diagnosed if you've had at least two unprovoked seizures at least 24 hours apart. Unprovoked seizures don't have a clear cause.”
But that “for a long time” thing — I think that tells us the story, and the story is the condition is new. It’s not lifelong. Susceptibility to potentially fatal epileptic seizures defines one’s life in many important ways. I’m not saying it’s not there in her life or in her videos, because I haven’t checked. But it sure doesn’t look like it’s there. Here’s her family’s statement:
‘This is Annabelle’s family. We’re writing this with heavy, heavy hearts. Annabelle experienced an epileptic event and has gone on to the gates of heaven. She struggled with this for a long time and wanted to raise awareness for it, which we will do in honor of her. Annabelle was beautiful and inspiring and lived life to the fullest. Everyone she met was inspired by her energy and the light inside her soul that shined so bright. She was, and will forever be, so so loved. We’re asking for your prayers of peace for her family and friends during this difficult time, and to allow all of us the chance to grieve and work through this as a family. Please don’t post or spread speculation or details that are unfounded. There will be a time to share more details and to go deeper into her life. Her accounts will be used to share what she went through and the joys she brought to all of us. Unnecessary comments only serve to hurt us all, this is a time for remembrance and mourning. Thank you.’
Well, there’s plenty of speculation and details here. None of it’s unfounded, though, a fact with which I’m sure we can all agree.
Here’s an update on that weird mountain biker story from the deserts of Southern California. If you ask me, it was the same thing we’ve been seeing. It had nothing to do with the heat. 106 degrees isn’t even all that hot in the desert. It used to regularly get to over 110 degrees where I used to live in Northern California for at least a couple spells of about a week or more each Summer. It was just hot. We functioned. We didn’t seize up. Lol.
‘Authorities Tuesday publicly identified a 24-year-old man who was overcome by an unidentified fatal medical emergency last weekend while on a desert mountain-biking outing with friends in the southeastern reaches of San Diego County.
Kai Torres Bronson of Otay Mesa complained to his companions of feeling fatigued after they rode from a meeting point near Interstate 8 to Goat Canyon Trestle in the Carrizo Gorge area of the Jacumba Mountains on Saturday, according to the county Medical Examiner's Office.
He waited in that spot while one of his friends retrieved water for him, the agency reported. The pair then began their ride back to their initial meeting place, during which Torres Bronson collapsed several times, finally passing out on a stretch of railroad right-of-way at about 2:45 p.m.’
Well, before we go thinking that these guys were inexperienced and unprepared and in over their heads out exercising under the death heat of the falling sky (it is falling, right?), we do note the pair had encountered a group of “hikers” of unknown origin out in the desert that day, who were without water, and we should conclude that fact may have contributed to the man’s own lack of water.
‘According to Cal Fire, Torres Bronson's death happened after he and a group of other mountain bikers encountered four hikers who were without food and water.
Torres Bronson and another biker stayed behind with the hikers, while two other mountain bikers rode back to provide the group's location to emergency personnel, Cal Fire said. A Cal Fire helicopter was able to retrieve the hikers, but Torres Bronson and his companion attempted to continue their ride.’
That being said, of course — no water is no water, and many scenarios could bring us to the point a very parched man, and not a well-hydrated one, donated his water to the group. Anybody crazy enough to mountain bike in the desert in high heat is also probably young enough to do something tough enough that could land him in real trouble. He decided to actually continue the ride. That tells me he felt OK. It might not mean that.
The real stickler in all this, of course, lies in the very first sentence in this story: they don’t know what happened. Heat injury is pretty well-known. Definitely a prime suspect. And apparently ruled out.
‘In response to a 911 call from Torres Bronson's companion, paramedics arrived, began performing lifesaving measures and put the stricken biker into an ambulance. He was pronounced dead while being transported to an air ambulance, according to the county agency.
A ruling on Torres Bronson's cause of death remained on hold Tuesday pending completion of postmortem examinations.’
‘A 15-year-old died in Kenai Fjords National Park Monday afternoon while hiking the Harding Icefield trail, according to park officials.
A statement from the national park says the young hiker needed emergency medical services and CPR about 3.7 miles into the trail. It says bystanders helped to provide CPR, and paramedics from a LifeMed helicopter attempted to resuscitate the hiker, but were unsuccessful, and he died on the trail of cardiac arrest.’
‘The statement does not say why the hiker collapsed or needed CPR. Troopers said the body was transported to Soldotna, then released to the state medical examiner’s office, who will determine the cause and manner of death.’
5) Person dies in Hythe after getting into difficulty in the water, with emergency services descending on Stade Street and West Parade
‘A person has died after getting into difficulty in the sea.
The incident sparked a huge response from the emergency services in Hythe this morning with the air ambulance landing on the beach.’
‘“Ambulance crews attended and were joined at the scene by emergency service colleagues and the Kent, Surrey, Sussex Air Ambulance Service.
“Sadly, despite the best effort of all those involved, including those who helped prior to our arrival, the person died at the scene.”’
Something tells me the nature and context of drownings — forensic investigative types could tell you the right words — has changed greatly since the shots. I think in the past you had a mixture of unattended toddlers along with people experiencing rough water conditions or having a boating accident that made up the bulk of drowning cases. I think these days a lot more people are just mysteriously going under.
But of course I do.