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TELECOM Digest: Pat is in the Hospital

John Levine (
26 Feb 2006 16:53:58 GMT

Mike Sandman reports that Telecom Digest moderator Pat Townson had a
heart attack early Saturday morning (around 6AM). They took him to the
local hospital, and then transferred him to a hospital in Oklahoma
that's supposed to have the best heart department around there. At
the moment he's in a critical care room with no phone, with luck he'll
be moved to a regular room with a phone in the next day or two.

Readers who want to send him a get well card or note can send it to:

Pat Townson
Jane Phillips Medical Center
3500 E Frank Phillips Blvd
Bartlesville, OK 74006

John Levine, sometime Digest mailman

[TELECOM Digest Editor's Note: John is quite correct in this report
from Mike Sandmsan. It was not known at first be to be a heart attack,
but simply a shortness of breath, to the extent I was inhaling/exhaling
about every two seconds quite rapidly. It was a bit earlier than
mentioned above; more about 4 AM last Saturday morning. Which came
first and brought on the other? I do not know; in my state of panic
and if you have ever had extreme shortness of breath to the extent you
were panicing and pleading for more air, then you know the the exper-
ience. I do remember passing out while the EMTs were patiently working
on. I recall the EMT supervisor, who is quite familiar with my friend
Raymond (Raymond has occassional epileptic seizures) got a little
annoyed with Raymond, when Raymond apparently started having a panic
attack of his own, having said somehing like 'my god, look at how his
face has turned all pasty and white (meaning myself) are you going to
let him die right here?' EMT Supervisor says 'Raymond you better go
sit down over there abd stay out of the way' ... with sort of a
threatinging look on his face as Raymond (but I did not see it)
apparently in his panic decided _he_ would take over; EMTs put a
quick halt to that nonsense and continued pummping my chest, and
doing their work. I remember that before I passed out, I gave Raymond
the phone number for Mike Sandman, and my mother. PAT].

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