August 27, 2015

Flight Back to Life by Lindsay Morgan

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Lindsay with Dr. Gaudiani
Dr. Jennifer Gaudiani, MD, CEDS
Medical Director, ACUTE Center for Eating Disorders
Hospitalist, Denver Heatlh
Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Colorado

Scottsdale, AZ – August, 27 2015

There I was: lying in a hospital bed, barely coherent, trying to maintain consciousness in between seizures long enough to understand what my doctor was saying.

“It’s time for hospice.”

Even in my barely conscious state, I was shocked to my core. I knew things were bad. My weight was down to an unimaginably low number and my blood pressure and heart rate were barely discernible. I had more than thirty seizures over a two-day span, and had surprised even my doctor by staying alive as long as I had. I never truly believed this would be my end, though. I then reached out to my previous doctor in Denver, who told me in no way was I to accept that this was it. She arranged a medical flight by Angel MedFlight, and as soon as I was stable, I was transported to the ACUTE center for eating disorders at Denver Health.

Once there, at a center for the most medically severe anorexia patients in the world (my 6th time there), my doctor and I decided that it was indeed time to say goodbye and go on hospice healthcare. If you had asked me then, I would have told you truthfully that I was ready to accept death. I was thinking about how I would spend the last days of my life: places I wanted to visit and goodbyes I wanted to say. I began setting up end-of-life care plans for when I was too weak to care for myself. I spent days sobbing over my imminent demise and even started writing farewell letters to my loved ones. I thought about people I wanted to include in my will and how to word my final goodbyes.

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Lindsay: Prior to treatment at ACUTE Center for Eating Disorders

You see, I have a potentially terminal illness, one that has almost stolen my life several times to date: Anorexia Nervosa. It has left me feeling hopeless and helpless. I waited for the magic treatment to come along that would cure me. I asked “why me?” and lamented over opportunities stolen from me because of this disease: school, relationships, having children, and simply enjoying life. I thought I had exhausted every option for living and death was the only way out.

After several exhausting days, though, I realized something: it didn’t have to be this way. I didn’t have to cause the same pain that I’ve felt to my friends and family. I didn’t have to accept death from my illness. Until I take my last breath there is an opportunity for change. I decided to stop asking “why.” and start asking “how,” instead. How can I live with this disease? How can I do the best I possibly can, knowing every day will be hard while all the while continuing to push forward? How can I sit with my misery until it dissipates instead of starving myself into the grave?

I cried because I have too much to do left in this life to leave it so early. I have a career to be had and school to be finished. I have books to read and worlds to explore. I have great big bear hugs to give to my nephew. I have tears to cry and laughs to bellow, love to give and a niece to see grow up. I have both joy and devastation, solace and companionship, failures and successes to experience.

It still seems overwhelming. I think of being twice the weight I was and I want to give up, accepting my fate of dying from this disease. I have realized, though, that I don’t need to know how I am going to make it through tomorrow; I only need to know how I am going to make it through this day, this hour, this minute. If I can continue to set aside how I feel in the moment in order for my lifelong values to be honored, then maybe one day it won’t matter so much to me. Maybe one day I will live in peace, enjoying the ups and downs that life has to offer. After all, it is the depths of despair that carve out the capacity for joy.

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Lindsay with her nephew, one of her biggest inspirations

After I decided to give life another shot, my doctor arranged for me to go to treatment on a full scholarship, and though this was my ninth time attempting such treatment, something was different this time. I still hated it. I still fought it. I screamed and cried and begged to be let go. But my doctor refused to give up on me. And I refused to give up on myself. For six long months, I battled my disease with every bite that I took and pound that I gained.

Today, I am home and weight-restored. My health has bounced back and I am enjoying life in a way that I never knew was possible.  I have beautiful friends, a family that I love, a wonderful church, am going back to school, and am leading an organization that I am passionate about. For so long I believed it was a burden to be alive; now I know the truth: it’s a blessing.

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August 18, 2015

Angel MedFlight Poised for Growth with New Corporate Headquarters

Scottsdale, AZ – August 18, 2015

Angel MedFlight has relocated to a new corporate office in Scottsdale, Az. This new office building provides an opportunity for future growth and expansion of the Angel MedFlight team.

Angel_MedFlight_new_building“Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance, a leading air medical transportation provider, has announced a relocation and expansion of its corporate headquarters. Angel MedFlight has executed a 5-year lease at The Pinnacle in Perimeter Center, 17851 N. 85th St. in Scottsdale, Arizona, approximately two miles north of its prior location.

The move stems from Angel MedFlight’s need for a more functional space to accommodate growth and demand for the provider’s air ambulance services. The new office space has been designed with advanced technology and enhanced amenities to better serve its domestic and international clients. In the last twelve months, Angel MedFlight has transferred patients from 49 states and 13 countries. The air ambulance company was recently awarded two prestigious aviation safety distinctions, earning the ARGUS Platinum Rating and the IS-BAO Stage 2 accreditation. These internationally recognized honors rank Angel MedFlight among elite air carriers throughout the world.

“Our new headquarters is a reflection of our commitment to process improvement. The office provides a more efficient work environment, conducive to collaboration and increased productivity, allowing us to better serve our patients. The new configuration will help us significantly improve our internal and external communication as we continue to grow and evolve within the industry,” said Jason Siegert COO and President.

To create ergonomic and team-friendly work environments, Angel MedFlight worked with a local designer to select state-of-the-art office equipment. Partitioned walls and traditional environments were replaced in favor of collaborative workstations, innovative breakout centers, and technologically driven room displays.

Angel MedFlight also has leased a new hangar at The Scottsdale Airpark to maintain its fleet of medically-configured Learjet aircraft. The move was completed at the end of June.

About Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance
Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance provides domestic and international air medical transportation services with a fleet of medically configured Learjet aircraft. Built on a One Touch Promise®, Angel MedFlight’s compassionate team of medical, aviation, and insurance professionals coordinate every detail of a Bedside-to Bedside® patient transfer to ensure seamless service on the ground and in the air. Find more information at www.angelmedflight.com/.”

Original release can be found on http://www.pr.com/press-release/633358

 

Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance
17851 N. 85th Street, Suite 350
Scottsdale, Arizona 85255
1 (877) 264-3570

 

 




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August 11, 2015

Discover Canada’s Allure as a Tourist Destination

Many travelers get so caught up in a state of wanderlust that they can easily forget the amazing destinations they call their neighbors.

Canada is one such destination for Americans. Far too many people seem to forget about the beauty the country has to offer, but this should not be the case.

Once you visit one or more of these spots, you probably won’t let Canada slip to the back of your mind again. Here are just a couple of the country’s most popular destinations for a first-time Canada explorer:

Toronto:

Skyline of Toronto Viewed From The Harbour

Skyline of Toronto Viewed From The Harbour

Toronto isn’t necessarily an outdoorsman’s paradise like some other spots throughout Canada, but it has a little something for everyone. The region’s beaches are popular hotspots for locals and tourists alike, and are popular destinations for boating and water sports.

Toronto is also very well known for its gigantic Chinatown. The meals are cheap and authentic, and it’s also a great place to get hearty Asian fruits that aren’t found in chain supermarkets.

Though Toronto’s theme parks, entertainment centers and museums aren’t always exceptionally unique compared to those found in the United States, there are a few notable eccentricities to take note of.

For instance, every September, Toronto’s Queen’s Park hosts Canada’s largest annual outdoor book and magazine festival. You can also take tours of Casa Loma, the former “medieval” estate of entrepreneur Sir Henry Mill Pellatt. Those who do want a signature outdoor experience should check out the trails in the Don Valley.

Nova Scotia:

Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia has been deemed by locals and tourists alike to be home to “the friendliest people in Canada.” Perhaps its citizens are so happy because they live in a region that is filled to the brim with fresh air and beautiful natural scenery. Nova Scotia boasts over 100 beaches in addition to impeccable sailing, excellent hiking and beautiful natural parks. The region is a dream for those who love to spend entire days and nights outside.

Adventurous travelers can hike the seven-mile Skyline Trail, kayak the North River, swim on Melmerby Beach or go tidal bore rafting on the Shubenacadie River. Even if you’d rather take it easy, you’ll find amazing low-key experiences driving along the picturesque Cabot Trail, attending a summer concert in Halifax, relaxing in Upper Clements Park, or wandering through the Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens.

Nova Scotia is a nearly idyllic travel option for the modern North American explorer, and should definitely be on your radar if breathtaking landscapes are your thing.

Angel MedFlight frequently flies in and out of Canada, and though our team’s focus was on providing the highest quality care for our patients, it was hard not to notice how truly beautiful and expansive Canada is. Should something happen to you or a loved one during a trek along the coast or a Chinatown binge session, know that Angel MedFlight is always on call to serve you and ensure quick, quality care.


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