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Wow! Can not make this crap up! It is dangerous to travel with me.


Jim in the


My best friend in life, almost bit the big one today. He woke up with lower GI issues but that wasn't enough for him. He broke into a full body cold sweat and finally we called 911. The ambulance gets him to the hospital and they will not let me in. I try to find out what is going on from a nurse at the front door, and she advises me to come back in a hour. So I went back to the hotel, clean the room out and moved everything to the car., thinking/hoping it was a GI issue and once they got him cleaned out he would be good to go. Nope! It turns out Jim was having a heart attack. The kind known as the Widow Maker to be exact. Luckily for Jim he was 7 miles from a qualified trauma center. And he got there in time for them to save his life. They diagnosed the heart attack and got him into the operating room quickly enough to place a stent and relieve Jim of the terrible pain he had been in for at least two hours. Continuing the trip is out for Jim. He hopes to get released tomorrow and fly home the next day. I am in a hotel near Fremont CA trying to decide if I should continue the trip or head home. TBD. But all our thoughts and dare I say prayers should be directed towards Jim tonight . Pray for little to no damage to his heart. I certainly will.

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Tom Wiensch
Tom Wiensch
Sep 03, 2021

I'm so glad he was close to care, had you with him, and could get stents.

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Russ Newton
Russ Newton
Sep 03, 2021
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Yes, it was. If this had happen anywhere else on our journey the outcome could have been much worse.

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bobrouill
bobrouill
Aug 31, 2021

Thank god you were there to help him. Take care

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Russ Newton
Russ Newton
Sep 01, 2021
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Thanks.Bob!

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Harriet Leffel
Harriet Leffel
Aug 31, 2021

Hello Russ.....Kenny Leffel here, Anne and I are thinking about you and remembering our visit with you last year.

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Russ Newton
Russ Newton
Aug 31, 2021
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Thanks! Can you send me your email, the one I have doesn't work! Thanks, Russ

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Mark Dtayo
Mark Dtayo
Aug 30, 2021

Good health to you both!

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Russ Newton
Russ Newton
Aug 30, 2021
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Thank you Mark!

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Deb Bragg
Deb Bragg
Aug 30, 2021

Wow! Thank God for great medical care. Prayers for his recovery and your safe travels.

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Russ Newton
Russ Newton
Aug 30, 2021
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Deb, Thank you. God was looking out for us yesterday. If this would of happen in most other places on our trip it would have been lights out for Jim. So lucky to survive this deadly form of a heart attack. Russ

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