|“I died three times. The first time I called 911 and passed out while talking to them. They used my cellphone signal to find me and they did chest compressions and the paddles and brought me back. Then I coded again in the ambulance. Again the paddles. Then, the third time was in the ER.
“Later I had two doctors ask me if I saw relatives or white lights but I don’t remember anything from when I called 911 until I came out of the coma.”
It was a joy to see Teri Douglas walking around the Activities Office. Yes, she had a cane for balance till she gets more strength back, and yes, she was wearing a portable defibrillator till she does more cardiac rehab, but still, she looked healthy and sounded happy. She laughed as she recalled the reactions from friends at the park: “When they did the chest compressions they broke my ribs, so for a while giving hugs hurt a little.” She added, “The problem is that all the shocks and the lack of blood to my brain affected my memory and so I’m going to need people to reintroduce themselves.” (Photo: Teri outside the Activities office in late May)