Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Flatline

The scene is an ER.

The doctors are trying desperately to save the patient. Then then beep...beep...beep of the EKG machines suddenly goes to a flat tone. The patient has flat lined.
CPR is preformed, then they roll in the cart.

"CLEAR!"

CA-CHUG!!

Nothing.

"More power!" the doctor yells.

"CLEAR!"

CA-CHUG!!

Nothing.

Everyone in the room knows it's over, but the doctor is frantic. He continues to order medicine be given, and the power on the paddles increased. He shocks the patient again and again, but nothing he does can bring the patient back.

Finally, one of the nurses has to gently remove the paddles from his hand and lead him from the room, while a Resident pronounces the patient dead and calls the time of death.

This story is analogous to where our raid team is at right now. Our raid leader is valiantly trying to keep our raiding alive, but it's like she's the only one in the room who won't recognize that our raid team has died, killed off by apathy of the impending expansion.

We called off our raid Monday, and again, Tuesday. Our last successful raid was last Thursday. But undaunted, we will once again try to put together a raid tonight.

The small group of us who want to continue, which I consider myself a part of, simply can't, as our Raid Leader put it last night, "want it" for the rest of the raid.

As an aside, there is actually a study being done by Cornell University on experiences people have between when they 'die' and are revived. This isn't X-Files stuff, this is a real scientific study.

For example, one pretty common element of these stories is a report by the person that they were floating over the room. So the scientists are going to put paintings on the floor of the Operating Room. Because patients come into the room on their backs, there is no way they can know what those painting look like. So patients will be asked to describe those paintings.

Not to get too far afield, but there are really only two alternatives.

Either our consciousness, being self aware, having the ability to reason, to appreciate beauty, and to have real purpose is only the unplanned, undirected, mutation of the brain for the purpose of faking the brain into thinking their is a reason to survive, when there is no reason. Again is all by the mutation of hundreds of undirected and unguided genes.

That's what we are.

The only other option is this.

We are more than biological matter that composes us, and that element of us, whatever it may be, transcends mortal life, and was created by something bigger than our biological world.

Every religion, every philosophy, all of them come down to this point of decision. Either it's all a mutation and really a distortion of reality, or there is something more going on inside of us than any of us are fully aware of.

2 comments:

Ngita said...

Painful:(, i went throught it in Naxx before tbc, Patchwerk, Wohoo, Grobbulus,Woohoo, Next week? 36 people outside Naxx,

We recruited 6 new people in the last 2 week and yet only scrapped up 25 for our off night bt run. had 3 holy pally alts filling in the healing gaps. 6 Paladins in the raid.

Artorin said...

I know this is kind of not the point but if your doctor/raid leader was tanking those steps in flatline you stand no chance. (This is informative not a flame) Though you hear it called(pronounced) an EKG its actually an ECG (ElectroCardiogram.

Second in the case of a flatline using padals to deliver an electric charge does absolutely squat to an asystole heart (flatline). Electric shocks are used to correct electrical imbalance in the heart that occur when a heart goes into cardiac arrhythmia, ventricular fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia. The pulse can reset the timing of the hear bringing it back to a normal state.

For a flatline the best course of action is actually to perform CPR and administer epinephrine (adrenaline) via injection. The epinephrine in addition to forcing the heart to pump can stimulate the muscle into operation again.

Though what you desccribed is what you often see in movies and TV, this is what actually happens (or should) in the case of an emergency. I suspect the padals are used in all cases in TV for the dramatic effect of yelling "clear" and the body writhing (the muscles may contract but not as much as you see).

Anyway just wanted to inform you of what actually happens since most people simply see the TV and accept it as truth.