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Am I getting too old to be taught new tricks?

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Thank you so much Penny Sansevieri and Denise Wakeman for pushing me and teaching me all of the new world of blogs and marketing! As I told you earlier today, you two were born with a gene that I simply do not have. I can fix a robot, but marketing is out of my league.

However, the old man isn’t about to give up and say I can’t learn. He will never give up, but he may just have to ask for a little help more often than 30 years ago. :)

Thanks so much!

Joe

Still Learning

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Still Learning

This post has got to be where I give a big shout out and thank you to Dr. Sandi Eveleth with whom I absolutely could not have done any of this without her! If anyone ever wants a web page done then you must absolutely get in contact with her! She does stuff for you that you didn’t know even existed nor even asked for. And she can fix your eyes. I’m the luckiest man in the world for having found her!

With that said I cannot even forget to thank Penny C. Sansevieri at Author Marketing Experts and her team which includes Dorrie, Katie, Amy, and more that I cannot remember. Penny is an absolute genius with marketing! Whenever I talk to her I stand in awe at her intelligence. How did her and Sandi get to be so smart to be so young? I am blown away at their knowledge!

God has blessed me with a new life and a new beginning. Part of that was so that I could meet these two most intelligent women that I have ever met in my life!

Thank you Lord!

Amen,

Joe

Article on WSMV.com about Vanderbilt featuring Dr. Richard Miller

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Vanderbilt Marks 25 Years of Highest Trauma Center Capability

as Reported by Ian Reitz and excerpt published with permission from WSMV.com

This is an impressive article showcasing the emergency room at Vanderbilt where Joe Laws was treated and interviews Dr. Richard Miller, the physician that treated Joe.


NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) – Vanderbilt University Medical Center is marking a milestone Friday after 25 years as a Level I trauma center.

That’s 25 years of life-saving medical care for thousands of people from Middle Tennessee and beyond.

Channel 4 News was granted rare access inside the trauma center to take a look at a typical day for the trauma team.

Just as Dr. Richard Miller, chief of the trauma and surgical critical care division, was showing us around the Life Flight helicopter pad, he got a page that a trauma patient from Cheatham County was minutes away.

Miller headed to a trauma bay to await the patient and meet other doctors. He said the bustle of a real emergency room is much calmer than what one might see in a TV drama.

“It’s not the chaos you see on TV,” Miller said. “I like the analogy of a symphony – quiet and organized.”

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Article in “Real Answers Real Authors”

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Author Joe Laws Survives Death – A True Story of Thanksgiving

This excerpt is taken directly from an article and was given permission to duplicate it in part by the author from RealAnswersRealAuthors.com.

“It’s just not your time yet, Little Joe…”

Joe Laws is a man used to fixing things.  After all, he’s fixed robots, water pumps, conveyors, and just about everything else that needs fixing at the automotive facility where he works. But when on July 17, 2011 a fall from the roof left his body broken and bleeding, even Joe knew it was beyond repair.  He also knew, without a shadow of a doubt, that he had died.

It was a safe assumption, considering the extent of his injuries. The left side of his body was completely crushed; his back, neck, collarbone, and eleven of his ribs were broken.  His lungs had collapsed and his heart had stopped.  And, as the doctors of Vanderbilt University Medical Center would soon learn, he was in complete hemorrhagic shock, meaning that he had essentially bled to death from a ruptured spleen.  As they tried frantically to save Joe’s life, his family prayed fervently that God would spare him.

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My first post about God’s love

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My first post about God’s love

Welcome to all who wish to hear about God’s love that awaits you. I tried to explain it in my book but somehow I feel I should add more. Remember how when you were little and your parents or grandparents would squeeze you so hard loving you that you could just pop from that joy of being in love and safe with them?

The love that awaits you in Heaven is way stronger than that or that you have ever known!

Joe

the Book’s Foreword

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the Book’s Foreword

by Richard S. Miller, MD

I am so glad we were able to save Joe’s life so he could tell his story to the world. I have heard several other patients describe a similar experience. However, none have had the courage to speak publicly about this phenomenon.

 

Joe Laws arrived in Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Trauma Resuscitation Bay in hemorrhagic shock. His collapsed lungs leaked air into the soft tissues of his chest, neck, and face, giving him the appearance of the Michelin Man. Amazingly, he still had the ability to communicate with our trauma team and tell us that he had fallen off the roof of his shed.

 

We rapidly resuscitated Joe with blood and blood products and began the evaluation of his injuries. A CAT scan of his entire body, called the Traumagram, revealed extensive damage: cervical and thoracic spine fractures, clavicle and scapular fractures, collapsed and badly bruised lungs, especially on the left, including eleven rib fractures. His most serious injury was an extensive spleen rupture with active bleeding from its blood supply. This required an emergent abdominal operation to control the bleeding and remove his spleen. Joe was then transported to the trauma intensive care unit on ventilator support.

 

His injuries caused severe pain, necessitating placement of a thoracic epidural catheter, which infused narcotics directly into his spinal canal to relieve the pain associated with the many displaced rib fractures. These injuries made it very difficult for Joe to breathe independent of the respirator and support enough oxygen delivery to his vital organs. Thus, we felt he was an excellent candidate for operative chest wall stabilization.

 

Five days after his injury, we took him back to the OR and placed three titanium rib plates on the most severely displaced fractured ribs. After this operation, he slowly improved and was able to be weaned off the respirator, and then he started his rehabilitation and long journey to recovery.

 

I saw Joe in my clinic about two months after his discharge and was amazed at his progress and incredible attitude. It was over a year later that Joe finally re-contacted me and had the fortitude to tell me that he had died during the fall.

 

Yes, as a trauma surgeon, I am a Man of Science. However, I do not believe that science and religion necessarily preclude each other. I have spent over twenty years repairing the biological body, but recognize that Science has yet to explain the spark that makes us all human.

 

Hoping everyone finds his or her heaven