As the storm's clouds were brewing
And the rain drops began to fall
I was walking in the wilderness
Not aware of the storm at all
Soon climbing the stairwell
I made it to the top.
Not knopwing the storm was so near
And without notice made me drop
Awakening in a helicopter
Over the Choctawhatchee Bay
Only then did I realize
That I had fallen on the way.
We arrived in Pensacola
At a hospital named Sacred Heart
I was then informed that the storm
Had been near me from the start
Many medical personnel were waiting
To do what lie ahead
Before the storm arrived
To show its ugly head
Dr. Golden then arrived
To accomplish his task
Knowing that in order to beat the storm
The team had to work very fast
Immediately the storm subsided
And the sun began to shine
Thanks to everyone at Sacred Heart
Because of them I'm still alive.
I am writing you to let you know that I had a life-threatening accident unknown to many, and have recovered pretty well.
Several weeks ago, I was visiting my weight loss clinic. I climbed some 30 steps to a hallway, turned right, and fainted. When I fainted I hit the concrete floor with the back of my head.
When I partially awakened, I was on a helicopter flying to the trauma center at Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola.
After one day in intensive care, they implanted a pacemaker in my chest. I had cut the back of my head in three places, but did not crack my head or I would not be here today.
It was not a heart attack. It was not a seizure. My battery ran low of electricity, which supplies the spark to the heart.
Note: I was getting light headed periodically for about four weeks prior to my accident, but didn't think much about it.
I would like to recommend to all that if you get light headed or dizzy, call your doctor and 911.
Seriously, I would like to thank everyone — the personnel who first saw me, and the folks on the floor from the weight loss center who called 911, the paramedics and helicopter crew who got me to the trauma center in time, and the doctors and staff at Sacred Heart for their rapid and efficient efforts that kept me alive.
Just shows how fast accidents can happen. Also, how fast we go down when we faint. After all I have been through I have never fainted in my life.
I just got a rain check for the upstairs golf course.
LTC. Ret. Samuel Lombardo is a 93-year-old Destin resident who fought in World War II in the European Theatre. After the Battle of the Bulge, Lombardo’s platoon created a makeshift American flag, which became one of the first U.S. flags to fly in Germany.