Sometimes they’ll keep the clothing, the strips of shirt or trousers that weren’t cut away and discarded by the doctors and nurses. They’ll tell and retell their story at family gatherings and online, sharing pictures and news reports of survivals like their own or far bigger tragedies. The video of a tourist hit on a Brazilian beach or the Texan struck dead while out running. The 65 people killed during four stormy days in Bangladesh.Only by piecing together the bystander reports, the singed clothing and the burnt skin can survivors start to construct their own picture of the possible trajectory of the electrical current, one that can approach 200 million volts and travel at one-third of the speed of light.In this way, Jaime Santana’s family have stitched together some of what happened that Saturday afternoon in April 2016, through his injuries, burnt clothing and, most of all, his shredded broad-brimmed straw hat. “It looks like somebody threw a … [Read more...] about What It’s Like to be Struck By Lightning
Headache that feels like brain freeze
AN English teacher who was bitten by a tick believed he just had the flu before he dramatically worsened and was left with life-changing brain damage. Keith Poultney was struck down by the devastating disease encephalitis - which causes the brain to swell - while volunteering as a teacher in Nepal. The 40-year-old, who was volunteering as a teacher in the south Asian country, was given antibiotics after discovering a tick had embedded itself in his right ear and had to be removed by a friend. However, his infection was resistant to the drugs and Mr Poultney began to feel seriously ill as he flew home to the UK, with his temperature soaring to more than 40 degrees Celsius. When he was seen by doctors after he arrived home, they believed he had a tropical disease and discharged him as he showed signs of improving. But the terrified teacher rushed back to hospital after he began to suffer hallucinations and severe headaches caused by the brain swelling. Doctors discovered he did not have … [Read more...] about English teacher severely brain damaged by tick bite in Nepal after initially mistaking symptoms for the flu
A PARAMEDIC has been struck off after he dismissed a patient who suffered a stroke, saying: "What a load of b******s, it's only a migraine". Kristian Williams dismissed concerns from colleagues who said the woman was in so much pain she was rocking back and forth and retching, a disciplinary hearing was told. Despite her complaining of suffering a "thunderclap headache", he refused to give her painkillers even though she was later discovered to have experienced a bleed on the brain. Colleagues told a Health and Care Professions Tribunal Service (HCPTS) hearing that when Williams arrived on the scene in February 2016 he made a string of mistakes which meant the patient was left in considerable pain until she was taken to hospital. The patient had described feeling a "pop" go off inside her head followed by intense pain. The ambulance crew member who was first on the scene described telling Williams that she had given the patient pain relief but this had been vomited up. The ambulance … [Read more...] about Paramedic struck off after dismissing STROKE patient with ‘thunderclap headache’ as having a migraine
Get the Better newsletter. SUBSCRIBE Nov. 1, 2018 / 5:37 PM GMT By Nicole Spector The midterm elections are turning out to be nearly as stressful as the 2016 presidential election — especially for Democrats. According to a poll conducted by YouGov and commissioned by the fitness site DailyBurn, Democrats are 50 percent more likely than Republicans to say they’re “eating their feelings” as a result of the current political climate. They’re also drinking more (a 2-to-1 ratio over their GOP counterparts). The ostensibly good news is that these stressed out Democrats are also working out more, by as much as 40 percent; but even exercise can be overdone. “I’m seeing some people so stressed at the moment they're doing two, even three soul cycle classes at day,” Dr. Navya Mysore, a primary care doctor, tells NBC News BETTER. “Exercise is good for you, but too much is not. You [risk] dehydration and your body needs time to rest and … [Read more...] about The political climate is making Democrats ‘eat their feelings.’ Here’s how to manage the stress.
Jeff Seidel Detroit Free Press Published 6:00 AM EDT Oct 10, 2018 KENORA, Ontario – Joe Murphy hunches over, unable to speak, unable to respond. His eyes float to the back of his head. His forehead creases with wrinkles. Frozen in place. Still strong and athletic, the muscles in his arms tense. His hands contort, his fingers curl and lock in place, becoming rigid as a brick. Down the right side of his neck, there is an old scar, near the jugular, where he says he was knifed. Murphy, who was the No. 1 overall pick by the Detroit Red Wings in 1986, starts mumbling under his breath and rocks back and forth. His head is nearly bald, his face weathered, like an old piece of wood that was forgotten and left outside. He springs up, pulls out a bungee cord and whips it over his head, the metal hook whizzing through the air, … [Read more...] about Finding Joe Murphy: How Red Wings’ No. 1 pick became homeless