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White House Correspondent Tweets His Heart Attack

samzenpus posted about 4 years ago | from the dedication-to-the-job dept.

Medicine 77

Tommy Christopher, who writes for mediate.com, has reporting in his blood, so much so that he livetweeted every part of his recent heart attack. "I gotta be me. Livetweeting my heart attack. Beat that!" and "This is not like the movies. Most deadpan heart attack evar. Still hurts even after the morphine," were among his updates as he was rushed to the hospital. Christopher is now in stable condition after recovering from emergency surgery.

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Tag article WHOCARES (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33500886)

Enough said. Next article.

Re:Tag article WHOCARES (1)

Scutter (18425) | about 4 years ago | (#33500918)

You must have missed the part where it said "Idle".

Re:Tag article WHOCARES (2, Insightful)

Shikaku (1129753) | about 4 years ago | (#33501010)

His heart?

Yeah it would have been pretty idle during a heart attack.

Oh wait you meant Slashdot category...

Re:Tag article WHOCARES (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33501258)

quite wrong in a heart attack one or more of the three coronary arteries is blocked by a blood clot. the oxygenated blood supplied by these arteries keeps the heart alive without it after 20 -30 minutes the heart muscle begins to die and eventually the heart is unable to supply oxygenated blood to the rest of the body. heart attacks are not as quick as most people think and its a 2 stage process.

incidentally morphine is less about pain and more about removing the fear.

Asprin is a good thing to take if you have a heart attack. Its probably a good thing to take regularly if your diabetic since thats going to increase your risk of a heart attack.

Re:Tag article WHOCARES (2, Informative)

DIplomatic (1759914) | about 4 years ago | (#33501746)

Man tweets his heart attack: Fair 'nuff.

Now when someone updates their status in the womb or from beyond the grave: then I'll be interested!

Re:Tag article WHOCARES (1)

camperdave (969942) | about 4 years ago | (#33502036)

Status: Dead
Status: Dead
Status: Dead

Re:Tag article WHOCARES (1)

dintech (998802) | about 4 years ago | (#33506460)

What's on your mind?

Ummm, worms mostly.

Re:Tag article WHOCARES (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33503052)

This just in on your twitter feed:

I'm in ur moms womb, makin a brother 4 u.

Re:Tag article WHOCARES (1, Offtopic)

Abstrackt (609015) | about 4 years ago | (#33500936)

Ironically, I'd say you care. I can't understand why you'd take the time to post a comment otherwise.

Re:Tag article WHOCARES (1)

Moridineas (213502) | about 4 years ago | (#33501194)

I think you're missing the point. The OP doesn't care about this subject in particular, he cares about slashdot not sucking more than necessary.

Re:Tag article WHOCARES (1)

Abstrackt (609015) | about 4 years ago | (#33501404)

I think you're missing the point. The OP doesn't care about this subject in particular, he cares about slashdot not sucking more than necessary.

I believe that is the whole reason Idle exists, for all the stuff that really isn't news per se but is still tangentially related. Twitter gets covered a lot on Slashdot but this article isn't exactly huge news so it got dumped here.

Which brings me back to my original point, the OP clearly cares enough about this article to make his or her opinion on it known. If the AC had specifically mentioned displeasure with Slashdot rather than an article in Idle of all places I'd be inclined to agree with you, but it seems the issue is with this article specifically.

Re:Tag article WHOCARES (1)

macaddict (91085) | about 4 years ago | (#33501972)

I think you're missing the point. The OP doesn't care about this subject in particular, he cares about slashdot not sucking more than necessary.

Perhaps he should take a more constructive approach then, like suggesting that Slashdot implement some sort of filtering system. You know, a way to select if he wants to see "Idle" stories, or even if he wants full summaries of a section or just the headline. I know, it's crazy talk, but it just might be crazy enough to work!

Or maybe he thinks the world actually cares that he doesn't like Idle articles and so feels the need to post about it. Which is kind of funny, considering his complaint.

Tweet! (3, Funny)

morari (1080535) | about 4 years ago | (#33500942)

This one time, I tweeted that I ate a sandwich. I tweeted about every bite, described the taste and texture. Everyone cared a lot about that series of tweets, and waited with extreme anticipation as I made it to the last bite. I'm thinking about doing a similar series of tweets, describing the sandwich the next day as it leaves my body. It seems like shitty tweets get a lot of attention...

Re:Tweet! (1)

Pojut (1027544) | about 4 years ago | (#33501012)

I assume you are a twitter shitter? [penny-arcade.com]

Re:Tweet! (2, Interesting)

DarkIye (875062) | about 4 years ago | (#33501182)

I don't know, a heart attack from the victim's point of view as it happens sounds quite interesting.

Re:Tweet! (1)

glavenoid (636808) | about 4 years ago | (#33501658)

Until it's your father telling you this during the ambulance ride to the hospital... Interesting, perhaps, but not *twitter* interesting.

Re:Tweet! (1)

Rakarra (112805) | about 4 years ago | (#33512050)

Until it's your father telling you this during the ambulance ride to the hospital... Interesting, perhaps, but not *twitter* interesting.

I don't know, if I cared enough about someone to follow them on Twitter, "I'm dying" would be one of the very few Tweets I would actually care about and find worthwhile.

Re:Tweet! (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33504984)

Member posting AC: As someone who's 33, not overweight and suffered a heart attack (family curse, most men died of them), this is SCARY SHIT! When you feel one coming on, it's death knocking on your door. First, you are having a panic attack, the pain, and then perhaps your last breath. Think of it as dry form of drowning.

1. If you feel one, start coughing and take aspirin. Call 911 immediately. And pray you live another day.

2. Live a vegan lifestyle. Ya, it sucks balls. I miss being an omnivore. But you want to live right? Well, that's the price it will cost you. Eat the greens and STFU I tell myself.

Re:Tweet! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33503706)

yep, we get it, tweeting is a method of communication now? is this the last "OMG Someone tweeted something relevant" article we are to see here please?

Hospital visits are boring (3, Funny)

NotQuiteReal (608241) | about 4 years ago | (#33500946)

So, I guess it gave him something to do.

Get your flame suits ready (-1, Offtopic)

jeffmeden (135043) | about 4 years ago | (#33500952)

Cue the overly-partisan healthcare debate in 3... 2...

you're on!

Sure, sounds like fun. (0, Troll)

spun (1352) | about 4 years ago | (#33501022)

Health care is a moral issue. All civilized societies take care of even their least fortunate members. I do not want to be a part of a society that callously lets people die in the streets. If you aren't willing to help, you should not get the benefits of being a member of society.

Re:Sure, sounds like fun. (1, Insightful)

russotto (537200) | about 4 years ago | (#33501118)

All civilized societies expose their elderly in order to save resources for the next generation.

Re:Sure, sounds like fun. (-1, Troll)

spun (1352) | about 4 years ago | (#33501272)

Are you saying that we are not civilized, or that we expose our elderly? Either way, you are an idiot.

Re:Sure, sounds like fun. (1)

spun (1352) | about 4 years ago | (#33501630)

Moreover, this is simply not true for most societies over most of human history. We have valued our elderly and kept them alive to pass on their wisdom, even chewing their food for them back before the days of dentures.

Only when times were extremely tight did the elderly volunteer to go off and die. No society has forced this on their elderly and I challenge you to provide even one example where killing off the elderly was commonplace.

Easily debunked lies do not help advance your argument.

Re:Sure, sounds like fun. (1)

StikyPad (445176) | about 4 years ago | (#33502052)

even chewing their food for them back before the days of dentures.

That's one game of "baby bird" I hope I never get to play.

Re:Sure, sounds like fun. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33502076)

Easy there grandpa. You've got some spittle on your chin.

Re:Sure, sounds like fun. (0, Troll)

spun (1352) | about 4 years ago | (#33502226)

That's your mom's crotch juice, not spittle, boy. Now sit down and stop interrupting the grownups.

Re:Sure, sounds like fun. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33502240)

Yeah but until very recently, "elderly" was considered anything past about age 25. People just didn't live much beyond that. Disease would kill them, bears would eat them or other animals would trample them, or they'd fall, break something, get infected and die from gangrene, or they'd eat something bad and die from it, etc etc. And these things affected all ages, from children to adults.

The child who breaks and leg might be crippled for life, if they live. And that life would be short.

Adults who managed to survive all that and make it to 25 or 30 were rare and unusual. Almost nobody lived to 40 or 50 much less 80.

Re:Sure, sounds like fun. (2, Informative)

spun (1352) | about 4 years ago | (#33502532)

That is bullshit, all sources, for instance, the Bible, estimate human lifespan as being essentially the same as today. The difference was child mortality rates. Most people died before the age of ten, if you know anything about statistics, you will see how that effects the average life expectancy, even though, if you lived past ten you were about a likely to live to seventy five as you are today.

Re:Sure, sounds like fun. (1)

shaitand (626655) | about 4 years ago | (#33502822)

"That is bullshit, all sources, for instance, the Bible, estimate human lifespan as being essentially the same as today."

Ever actually read the bible? I did. It estimates lifespans that are approaching 1k yrs old which is nowhere near what we have today (or ever).

Re:Sure, sounds like fun. (2, Insightful)

cusco (717999) | about 4 years ago | (#33503744)

Thanks, the same is true for Third World life expectancies today, but the average prole has no clue how to make sense of the statistics. My in-laws had 13 children, five of whom died before the age of three. If all of the remaining 8 live to be 80 years old that will still be an 'average' life expectancy of 49. The degree of mathematical illiteracy today is depressing.

Re:Sure, sounds like fun. (1)

darth dickinson (169021) | about 4 years ago | (#33502586)

The cognitive dissonance between your post and sig must be deafening.

Re:Sure, sounds like fun. (1)

suomynonAyletamitlU (1618513) | about 4 years ago | (#33504150)

I wouldn't call it a moral issue, but rather one of policy.

If it is your policy as a country to let people die, or suffer, or go bankrupt, merely because they have not been paid enough--irrespective of whether they deserve it or not; many people are underpaid, many are over-paid--then you will hemorrhage people whose talents are not profitable.

If it is your policy as a country to provide services for free to anyone, then certain segments of the population will take advantage of that while producing as little of value as possible. That doesn't imply that they would produce more of value otherwise; it would take a social experiment to find out. It does, however, necessarily require that a lot of resources are consumed with the bill being passed off to the government.

However, IMO, that is what the government is for. In much the same was as a group insurance policy, it is supposed to use minimal per capita loss to distribute the cost of services nobody actually wants to pay for, or that the people who would want it CAN'T pay for. For instance, if it weren't for government, there would be few, if any, paved roads outside of those necessary for intercity trade, even though ubiquitous paved roads have made suburbs possible (for better or worse).

But yeah, this is all off-topic.

Deathtweeting the new extreme sport? (2, Funny)

SunSpot505 (1356127) | about 4 years ago | (#33500962)

I can't wait to see the new extreme sports that come out of this. My mind races. Bungie Tweeting, sky tweeting, base jump tweeting, etc. And for that matter, it's probably only a matter of time before someone tweets there own death ("going to the light #lifeafterdeath, pray for me @joan @Derrick @slashdot") if it hasn't happened yet.

Re:Deathtweeting the new extreme sport? (2, Informative)

hex0D (1890162) | about 4 years ago | (#33501282)

May I suggest the movie 'Brainstorm'? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brainstorm_(1983_film) [wikipedia.org]

Seems like a fairly logical outcome to recording death / near death experiences.

Re:Deathtweeting the new extreme sport? (1)

Locke2005 (849178) | about 4 years ago | (#33503440)

You forgot tweeting during sex. "OMG! I'm coming!"

That's okay, Hulk Hogan shot video in the hospital (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33501102)

And he posted it via Twitvid [tmz.com] .

he should hav tweeted as the Holy Grail cartoonist (1)

rubycodez (864176) | about 4 years ago | (#33501148)

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrgh!

Re:he should hav tweeted as the Holy Grail cartoon (1)

Dachannien (617929) | about 4 years ago | (#33504080)

He wouldn't bother to tweet out "Aaargh", he'd just say it. Which is why he really needs voice-to-text on his cell phone.

Obviously Monty Pythonesque (4, Funny)

PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) | about 4 years ago | (#33501164)

The Tweet reads, "Here may be found the last Tweet of Tommy Christopher. He who is valiant and pure of spirit may find me in the Hospital of Aaauuuggghhh... "

What?

He must have died while tweeting it.

Look, if he was dying, he wouldn't have bothered to tweet 'Aaaauuuggghhhh'. He'd just say it.

. . . etc . . .

What I don't understand, is why the hospital staff lets someone with a serious medical condition tweet . . . ?

Re:Obviously Monty Pythonesque (4, Funny)

Headrick (25371) | about 4 years ago | (#33501346)

Maybe he was dictating...

Re:Obviously Monty Pythonesque (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33502058)

+1.

Re:Obviously Monty Pythonesque (2, Funny)

MiniMike (234881) | about 4 years ago | (#33501834)

What I don't understand, is why the hospital staff lets someone with a serious medical condition tweet . . . ?

Maybe they were distracted by their ipods and didn't notice he had his cell phone?

Re:Obviously Monty Pythonesque (1)

crossmr (957846) | about 4 years ago | (#33504590)

quite simple. One of the staff workers obviously got a new phone and wasn't sure how to use it. She asked him to help her, and while demonstrating some of the features he obviously snuck in a few sample tweets.

anyone can make snarky comments (4, Funny)

circletimessquare (444983) | about 4 years ago | (#33501238)

but the real geek will figure out how to fit an ekg into 140 bytes

Re:anyone can make snarky comments (3, Funny)

StikyPad (445176) | about 4 years ago | (#33501962)

#define FLATLINE 0x00

Re:anyone can make snarky comments (4, Insightful)

arth1 (260657) | about 4 years ago | (#33502056)

With a 12-lead EKG, you can have 11 values of +-64 for each lead, which fits in 132 bytes of 7-bit ASCII, leaving 8 bytes for header identifying it as an EKG, plus the horisontal resolution (i.e. time for each measurement).

To get more data, repeat.

Re:anyone can make snarky comments (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33505344)

Better than that. The 12 lead ecg only has nine raw data points. There are 10 connections to the body - 6 intercostal electrodes and 4 limb electrodes, but one of the limb electrodes is ground (zero by definitiion, used as the reference by the other connections). This leaves you with 6 intercostals and 3 active limb connections, plus 3 calculated leads (difference between left/right arm, left arm/legs, right arm/legs) for a total of 12 leads.

Re:anyone can make snarky comments (2, Interesting)

arth1 (260657) | about 4 years ago | (#33505824)

It's even better than that. You only have to measure the five peaks, plus four intervals for each spot. So you don't need 11 sample points -- nine will do. And even better, you already know whether each of them is positive or negative, saving another bit.
So 81 characters should be plenty. You can probably get down to even less by only recording the differences between one sample and the next.

Re:anyone can make snarky comments (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33506578)

But whosoever tweets coherently between defibulator zaps becomes the master tweeter by default.

Re:anyone can make snarky comments (1)

microbee (682094) | about 4 years ago | (#33502706)

It's really 280 bytes for unicode. Look, I just doubled your monthly bill.

Re:anyone can make snarky comments (1)

blueg3 (192743) | about 4 years ago | (#33505354)

Not quite. It's more than that if it supports surrogate pairs and counts them as one character (instead of two). It's less than that if it doesn't. (If any Unicode character counts as a single character, it's about 2^20 bits per character. Otherwise, it's just shy of 2^16.)

lead 7 F2 80%, lead 2 10%, PVCs (1)

swschrad (312009) | about 4 years ago | (#33503102)

31 characters, all you'd need to know to schedule an angiogram.

Obligatory penny arcade... (1)

MikeRT (947531) | about 4 years ago | (#33501292)

Obligatory xkcd (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33502318)

http://xkcd.com/723/

Phones Are Now Allowed In Hospitals? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33501330)

The last time that I checked, all hospitals want you to turn off your phone.

I know that the chances of a phone screwing up the EMI shielded medical equipment are right up there with a phone crashing an airliner, but I always figured it was a CYA policy to prevent some ambulance-chaser from trying to argue the point.

Seems like a pretty lax hospital that will let you text away on your phone as they are performing tests & procedures.

Anonymous Coward (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33501458)

I suppose I'll be the first person to supply this response:

Please get better Sir!

That's awfully tragic, too bad you can't multi-tweet to 911 at the same time!

Wish you the best!

Spotting fake celebrity suicides (1)

British (51765) | about 4 years ago | (#33501664)

You are a hip celebrity & are having suicidal thoughts. Do you

1) Call 911

2) Call a friend

3) call suicide prevention hotline

4) tweet about it

If you chose 4, you are probably faking it so you can get on gawker.

It seems like every other day celebrities are reaching for a twitter client than hitting 911. This makes me think there isn't an actual emergency and things are a bit trumped up. "okay blood is coming out".

Re:Spotting fake celebrity suicides (1)

jeffmeden (135043) | about 4 years ago | (#33501870)

LOL is it red!!! RT @British okay blood is coming out

Re:Spotting fake celebrity suicides (1)

Terrasque (796014) | about 4 years ago | (#33565572)

You forgot : 5. kill yourself

My first time.. (1)

Fuzzums (250400) | about 4 years ago | (#33501726)

Recently I met this very nice girl. Well. I'll keep you posted.

Worst time to have a heart attack? (5, Funny)

drainbramage (588291) | about 4 years ago | (#33502172)

Worst time to have a heart attack?
During a game of Charades.

Beat that? Sadly yes (2, Insightful)

nbauman (624611) | about 4 years ago | (#33502200)

I realize that people are using humor to deal with their fears and discomfort over death, but there's no way to make this funny:

December 17, 2009, 12:29 pm
Announcing a Child’s Death on Twitter
By LISA BELKIN
http://parenting.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/12/17/tweeting-about-a-childs-death/ [nytimes.com]

Re:Beat that? Sadly yes (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33502394)

Let's see: she was tweeting at 5:22PM, and about a minute later a 911 call came from the house. “Mom Tweets While Son Drowns" about covers it. Maybe if she had been watching her child instead of tweeting, the child would not have ended up at the bottom of a pool. Jesus Christ; only a sap could defend this.

Wow! (1)

broknstrngz (1616893) | about 4 years ago | (#33502314)

40 comments and not a single NO CARRIER jokNOCARRIER

Hey everyone just thought i'd... (1)

athe!st (1782368) | about 4 years ago | (#33502844)

HNNNNNNGGGGG......

Noo! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33503066)

You shouldn't have given him so much attention, now everyone who get heart attacks will start tweeting it!

What a moron (1)

roc97007 (608802) | about 4 years ago | (#33503378)

How would you like those to be your last words?

"Still hurts even after the mor"

Now that's some karma (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33503486)

Now that her son has been senselessly killed, maybe Military Mom can appreciate the suffering caused by her husband and the US Military in its holy war against Muslim people of the world. Lots of babies are killed by our soldiers, and not always by accident.

Let her suffer for her sins.

Re:Now that's some karma (1)

bluie- (1172769) | about 4 years ago | (#33507688)

The killing of innocents in other countries by our soldiers is the fault of our entire society for not forcing our leaders to stop doing it. I can pretty much guarantee you that this woman doesn't want her husband to be overseas in a war.

Wow, that's getting to the point of Monty Python (1)

NotSoHeavyD3 (1400425) | about 4 years ago | (#33503814)

I mean this reminded me of Holy Grail where they're reading that text on some wall where apparently he died while writing it.

Typo (1)

trumpetboy8282 (871271) | about 4 years ago | (#33504470)

There is a big difference between mediate.com and mediaite.com...

Eat to live (1)

Paul Fernhout (109597) | about 4 years ago | (#33504752)

http://www.alternativeratreatments.com/eat-to-live.html [alternativ...tments.com]
http://www.earthsave.org/news/03summer/eat2live.htm [earthsave.org]
"Chapter seven is perhaps the most powerful chapter of the book. It offers compelling evidence of dietary causes for most of the common health problems faced by Americans. Then Dr. Fuhrman explains how diet can prevent and even reverse heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, chronic headaches, and autoimmune disease. He relates true stories of patients (who gave permission to be named) who have been able to stop their antihypertensive, antianginal, and antidiabetic drugs; patients who have experienced gradual elimination of their chest pain; patients who have been able to stop their use of toxic drugs for treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. I was able to review the charts of Dr. Fuhrman's patients and verified that he is accurately presenting these results."

His diet is killing him.

Everyone's after... (1)

exomondo (1725132) | about 4 years ago | (#33504798)

...their 140 characters of fame.

Sad legacy (1)

jandersen (462034) | about 4 years ago | (#33506456)

I remember the first, exciting days of the internet, when there were all these incredible new possibilities: ftp, that allowed you to fetch files, even 100s of K from the other side of the world, email and usenet that let you communicate in no time with people far away - for free, almost; and then gopher and the web.

And what has it come to now? SPAM, ever more intrusive and idiotic adverts, and even the most inconsequential crap has become the must have of the moment.

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