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2013-01-29 07:19:26 PM  
I'd say this story is more on the "Sad" side, but maybe that's just me.

The home-built DIY ventilator comprises an electric motor, a governor and a pushing pole attaching the device to the bag valve mask. But the high cost of electricity means they cannot use it all day

They should hook up a stationary bicycle to generate power during the day. Save them the deformed hands and get some good exercise in the bargain.
 
2013-01-29 07:27:12 PM  
I know the first thing I would say to them: please stop pumping.
 
2013-01-29 08:00:15 PM  
This is tragic, and my first thought was, "let him die."

But I couldn't tell from the article if he is conscience or in a vegetative state. One of the pics show him sort of smiling, so maybe he is awake and aware. I know there are people who just think we should just keep people alive until the bitter end, but how does a situation like this help a family or the sick person?

As human beings we need to learn to let go when people are that ill

/and yes I have had family members die, and family members who filled out an End of Life Directive (Do-Not-Resuscitate orders)
//sister in law in a vegetative state in nursing home for 18 years (nobody in family wants to end up like her)
 
2013-01-29 08:45:25 PM  
This is one of those "horrible yet awesome" stories I see once in a while.  He has an amazing family.
 
2013-01-29 08:57:34 PM  
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Back from the grave and running again? No? Whadayamean RTFA?
 
2013-01-29 08:59:37 PM  
The only thing Richard Dean Anderson has McGuyvered lately is his donut eating machine, made entirely from his mouth.
 
2013-01-29 09:00:56 PM  
I wonder if they even asked him what he wanted, I know I would've said "Let me die, assholes".
 
2013-01-29 09:02:32 PM  
fusillade762:

...They should hook up a stationary bicycle to generate power during the day. Save them the deformed hands and get some good exercise in the bargain.

Great suggestion.
 
2013-01-29 09:03:22 PM  
It's always obvious which people have nobody in their lives who would save their life.
 
2013-01-29 09:05:09 PM  
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2013-01-29 09:10:21 PM  
Good thing none of his family are ADHD.
 
2013-01-29 09:11:36 PM  
Sad that things are this bad for this family, awesome that his family are that dedicated. With any luck, now that this story is out there maybe someone with more money/resources will help them out.

The bike/generator idea is pretty good. Maybe scrounge a few car batteries that can be swapped out and someone can pedal and charge up the one not in use.
 
2013-01-29 09:15:09 PM  

rickycal78: Sad that things are this bad for this family, awesome that his family are that dedicated. With any luck, now that this story is out there maybe someone with more money/resources will help them out.

The bike/generator idea is pretty good. Maybe scrounge a few car batteries that can be swapped out and someone can pedal and charge up the one not in use.


Huh, I didn't read enough of TFA, apparently someone is going to be helping the family. Good deal.

/gots danged dust ..
 
2013-01-29 09:18:45 PM  
This reminds me, I need to make a living will for myself.
 
2013-01-29 09:21:14 PM  
The multiplicity of feelings about this story is pretty overwhelming. Existential angst, fear of being in that poor guy's situation, admiration for the dedication of the family, opinions on economics of healthcare, and just so many other thoughts that I could dissemble into an "Infinite Jest" babel-fest without much effort; which really means, words fail me. ;\
 
2013-01-29 09:21:20 PM  
Why don't they just run a couple of those gas station "dinger hoses" from his ventilator out into the street? I'm sure enough people would run it over to keep him stewing.

/And it would serve some sort of universal irony, what with being repeatedly hit by a car now keeping him alive...
 
2013-01-29 09:25:10 PM  
If they can't afford to run that small motor how will they run the ventilator he's getting? Sure, they're raising some money, but still.
 
2013-01-29 09:26:49 PM  
What a waste of time. Let him die. He's an asshole for not insisting on it himself.
 
2013-01-29 09:26:58 PM  

humanshrapnel: [funny-pictures-blog.com image 477x537]


The 80's teen in me just died a bit. Thanks a lot.
 
2013-01-29 09:43:14 PM  

Jormungandr: I wonder if they even asked him what he wanted, I know I would've said "Let me die, assholes".


This. In no way could I live a meaningful life in that condition, nor (I think) would any of my family be leading meaningful lives if they had to kick my lungs every few seconds.
 
2013-01-29 09:43:24 PM  
I'm thinking how long it will be before someone makes inane comments concerning the Affordable Care Act for no reasonably useful purpose.

Annnnd... go!
 
2013-01-29 09:48:54 PM  
This is what will happen to you under Obamacare.

/happy now?
 
2013-01-29 09:49:49 PM  
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Approves of the headline
 
2013-01-29 09:49:53 PM  

Sim Tree: I'm thinking how long it will be before someone makes inane comments concerning the Affordable Care Act for no reasonably useful purpose.

Annnnd... go!


It's a little late for that. Trolls mostly come out during the day mostly.

/mostly
 
2013-01-29 10:19:46 PM  

SpdrJay: The only thing Richard Dean Anderson has McGuyvered lately is his donut eating machine, made entirely from his mouth.


He gained all that weight due to medication and foot and heart surgery...
 
2013-01-29 10:28:58 PM  

humanshrapnel: [funny-pictures-blog.com image 477x537]


Dude, that's General O'Neill, not some MacGyver guy. The guys at the Cheyenne Mountain AF motorpool got him to promise to never try and repair another car by himself after he shot three of them in a row.
 
2013-01-29 10:50:25 PM  

fusillade762: I'd say this story is more on the "Sad" side, but maybe that's just me.

The home-built DIY ventilator comprises an electric motor, a governor and a pushing pole attaching the device to the bag valve mask. But the high cost of electricity means they cannot use it all day

They should hook up a stationary bicycle to generate power during the day. Save them the deformed hands and get some good exercise in the bargain.


Unlikely
 
2013-01-29 11:11:54 PM  
 
2013-01-29 11:14:35 PM  

strathmeyer: It's always obvious which people have nobody in their lives who would save their life.


That's an overly broad and simplistic statement. You assume if people had someone who would save them they would still choose to live in a completely helpless state. That's just untrue. Some might even consider it humane to let someone go who is needlessly suffering with no hope of recovery.
 
2013-01-29 11:18:15 PM  

KarmicDisaster: fusillade762: I'd say this story is more on the "Sad" side, but maybe that's just me.

The home-built DIY ventilator comprises an electric motor, a governor and a pushing pole attaching the device to the bag valve mask. But the high cost of electricity means they cannot use it all day

They should hook up a stationary bicycle to generate power during the day. Save them the deformed hands and get some good exercise in the bargain.

Unlikely


You wouldn't need to do it to generate electricity, just to move the actuator or whatever it is that actually pumps the bag. I don't know if you saw the pictures, but the motor essentially pushes a pole back and forth, and that motion compresses the bag against a wall. You could hook up a bike directly to a coupling rod (like on a locomotive wheel) and with that just pedaling the bike provides the direct mechanical power you would need.
 
2013-01-29 11:26:46 PM  

FedExPope: That's an overly broad and simplistic statement. You assume if people had someone who would save them they would still choose to live in a completely helpless state. That's just untrue. Some might even consider it humane to let someone go who is needlessly suffering with no hope of recovery.


I have made no such assumption, which only leads me to conclude...
 
2013-01-29 11:27:21 PM  

Dhusk: humanshrapnel: [funny-pictures-blog.com image 477x537]

Dude, that's General O'Neill, not some MacGyver guy. The guys at the Cheyenne Mountain AF motorpool got him to promise to never try and repair another car by himself after he shot three of them in a row.


That was a good little chuckle maker.
 
2013-01-29 11:31:35 PM  
Let the poor bastard die. Even if he's fully awake and aware, i guarantee he doesn't want to spend the rest of his life an immobile vegetable with his family manually pumping oxygen into his lungs so his lump of a head doesn't join the rest of his body.
 
2013-01-29 11:33:46 PM  
I'm with Titus on this one.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UgyeoRzsKjU
 
2013-01-29 11:39:34 PM  

fusillade762: I'd say this story is more on the "Sad" side, but maybe that's just me.

The home-built DIY ventilator comprises an electric motor, a governor and a pushing pole attaching the device to the bag valve mask. But the high cost of electricity means they cannot use it all day

They should hook up a stationary bicycle to generate power during the day. Save them the deformed hands and get some good exercise in the bargain.


Sounds like a good plan at first but you just know that at some point Gilligan is going to mess up.
 
2013-01-30 12:10:21 AM  

Dhusk: humanshrapnel: [funny-pictures-blog.com image 477x537]

Dude, that's General O'Neill, not some MacGyver guy. The guys at the Cheyenne Mountain AF motorpool got him to promise to never try and repair another car by himself after he shot three of them in a row.


By 'the guys' I take it you mean the building maintence dude that installed or built the mcguffin of the week? As a young EE, he was my favorite recuring extra over the years.
 
2013-01-30 12:14:00 AM  
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2013-01-30 12:14:53 AM  
Living will, man. If you can fix me, throw whatever you can at it - but if I'm never going to be able to do any good for myself or anyone else, let me go. Salvage some parts if possible to fix other people.
 
2013-01-30 12:21:20 AM  
Kinda conflicted on what these types of things say about humanity in general. The conflict is:
1. His society abandoned him to die for financial reasons.
2. His family rescued him with a little ingenuity and a lot of dedication.

Guess the lesson here is that we're only humane to those we're very close to.
 
2013-01-30 12:22:42 AM  

FedExPope: KarmicDisaster: fusillade762: I'd say this story is more on the "Sad" side, but maybe that's just me.

The home-built DIY ventilator comprises an electric motor, a governor and a pushing pole attaching the device to the bag valve mask. But the high cost of electricity means they cannot use it all day

They should hook up a stationary bicycle to generate power during the day. Save them the deformed hands and get some good exercise in the bargain.

Unlikely

You wouldn't need to do it to generate electricity, just to move the actuator or whatever it is that actually pumps the bag. I don't know if you saw the pictures, but the motor essentially pushes a pole back and forth, and that motion compresses the bag against a wall. You could hook up a bike directly to a coupling rod (like on a locomotive wheel) and with that just pedaling the bike provides the direct mechanical power you would need.


Yes, that would be more efficient, but it would not provide any relief for the caregivers which was the point of the electricity. I'm actually glad to see that people in China are stepping up to help this guy a little bit; there are good people there.
 
2013-01-30 12:29:31 AM  

strathmeyer: It's always obvious which people have nobody in their lives who would save their life.


Yeah but this is hardly life. The guy will never get out of that bed and if it wasn't for a donation from a company his family would have been squeezing that air bag for the rest of their lives. So, basically no quality of life for anyone in that family.

Which is better? No life for the entire family because they have to take shifts pressing an airbag all day every day and can only stop when they can afford the electricity to run the home-made ventilator? Or letting him go and the family can get on with their lives after a short grieving period?
 
2013-01-30 12:39:18 AM  

strathmeyer: FedExPope: That's an overly broad and simplistic statement. You assume if people had someone who would save them they would still choose to live in a completely helpless state. That's just untrue. Some might even consider it humane to let someone go who is needlessly suffering with no hope of recovery.

I have made no such assumption, which only leads me to conclude...


Then what was the point of your initial statement?
 
2013-01-30 01:21:02 AM  
You just know that old woman gives good handys.
 
2013-01-30 01:22:49 AM  
It looks like something my son would build in Tekkit, lol.

Bamboo Lung?
 
2013-01-30 01:31:32 AM  
Subby, did you mean MacGuyventilator?

Also, that woman has rheumatoid arthritis. It's not caused by ventilating that guy.
 
2013-01-30 01:32:43 AM  

Mike Chewbacca: Subby, did you mean MacGuyventilator?

Also, that woman has rheumatoid arthritis. It's not caused by ventilating that guy.


Yeah, I meant MacGyventilator. Got my guyvers mixed up.
 
2013-01-30 02:14:11 AM  

KarmicDisaster: fusillade762: I'd say this story is more on the "Sad" side, but maybe that's just me.

The home-built DIY ventilator comprises an electric motor, a governor and a pushing pole attaching the device to the bag valve mask. But the high cost of electricity means they cannot use it all day

They should hook up a stationary bicycle to generate power during the day. Save them the deformed hands and get some good exercise in the bargain.

Unlikely


The typical Farker is a tub of lard. The atypical farker laughs at that and says, shift up motherfarker we're going online!
 
2013-01-30 02:14:56 AM  

FedExPope: KarmicDisaster: fusillade762: I'd say this story is more on the "Sad" side, but maybe that's just me.

The home-built DIY ventilator comprises an electric motor, a governor and a pushing pole attaching the device to the bag valve mask. But the high cost of electricity means they cannot use it all day

They should hook up a stationary bicycle to generate power during the day. Save them the deformed hands and get some good exercise in the bargain.

Unlikely

You wouldn't need to do it to generate electricity, just to move the actuator or whatever it is that actually pumps the bag. I don't know if you saw the pictures, but the motor essentially pushes a pole back and forth, and that motion compresses the bag against a wall. You could hook up a bike directly to a coupling rod (like on a locomotive wheel) and with that just pedaling the bike provides the direct mechanical power you would need.


Yeah, I was going to suggest the same thing.

KarmicDisaster: Yes, that would be more efficient, but it would not provide any relief for the caregivers which was the point of the electricity. I'm actually glad to see that people in China are stepping up to help this guy a little bit; there are good people there.


Yes, it would provide relief. Did you the picture of those gnarled hands misshapen by years of squeezing the pump bulb? Human hands weren't evolved to deal with that much strain for years on end. Our legs can handle it much more easily.
 
2013-01-30 03:16:00 AM  

FedExPope: strathmeyer: FedExPope: That's an overly broad and simplistic statement. You assume if people had someone who would save them they would still choose to live in a completely helpless state. That's just untrue. Some might even consider it humane to let someone go who is needlessly suffering with no hope of recovery.

I have made no such assumption, which only leads me to conclude...

Then what was the point of your initial statement?


I gotta second this, I still can't figure out what your response is supposed to mean. Yeah it's 3am and all, but still, it only leads me to conclude...
 
2013-01-30 04:13:57 AM  
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