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A Friend’s Brush with Death

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Preface from Tim: from 1992 through 2008, I worked at the company which I founded, Prophet. A couple of days ago, my star engineer from those days wrote me out of the blue. Since I hadn’t heard from him in many years, he wrote me of a relatively recent experience which I considered amazing. I asked his permission to share it, which I have done below. The only changes I have made are deleting, for instance, the actual name of the hospital. Here we go:

Back in March, 2019, I went on a ten day vacation to Panama. While there, I caught a virus, not a coronavirus, it was an adenovirus. But think of the worst case scenario Covid patient, short of actually dying, that you’ve heard about during the pandemic, and that’s essentially what happened to me.

I was feeling unwell my last few days in Panama. Once I got back home, things only got worse. I got home March 27th, 2019. By March 31st, having already gone to an urgent care and visited my doctor, I had a friend drive me to the ER of the hospital closest to my house [redacted]. Within a few hours, they told me they were transferring me into the ICU. They asked me who should make medical decisions for me if I got to a point where I could not make such decisions. This is when I realized something really bad was happening.