Monthly Archives: February 2015

CRD Update

As you may (or may not) know, our newspaper publication is the outgrowth of a 5-year effort by our publisher, Robert Kim Combs, to catalog and index the great variety of organizations and programs in Pulaski County, Arkansas, which offer assistance, service and support to those who strive to regain a dignity and maintain self-sufficiency in the face of difficult circumstances.

Updating this directory to keep information accurate is a huge undertaking that requires personal contact with each and every service provider to confirm hours of operation, services provided and eligibility requirements… information with is vital to access these services and yet often changes.

That said, we are pleased to share the good news that the “Resource Provider Edition” of the February 2015 CRD update for Little Rock & Pulaski County in now available as PDF and liked to our Web Directory page.

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Words cannot express the depth of my appreciation for the outpouring of warm wishes for my speedy recovery, which I am happy to report is well underway.  Being now 17 days into my rejuvenation, I note with humility that my comeback has at times been rather arduous, but that I am now feeling tremendously ‘new and improved’ and am steadily getting back into the swing of things and wanted to share some warm-fuzzies and Valentine ((hugs))) with you…. ~Christine


Dancing with life after death.

Wednesday last, I died.

At least that’s what I’m told, having no recollection of the event which, as per various news clips, occurred at the Arkansas State Capitol on the afternoon of January 28, during a Senate Judiciary Committee meeting

“A woman had a heart attack,” 5NEWS reported. “Arkansas Sen. Jon Woods, R-Springdale, performed CPR.”

“The woman (who would be me) was slumped back in her chair, taking small gasps of air,” Woods told reporters.

Accounts continue that when my face went pale, I was laid down on the floor so that Senator Woods could administer CPR until a medical crew arrived a few minutes later to stabilize me. Also, that Dr. Jim Bledsoe (spouse of state Sen. Cecile Bledsoe, R-Rogers) and Rep. Greg Leding, D-Fayetteville, assisted in the life-saving intervention, which at one point involved the use of a defibrillator.

And there were obviously many others onsite at the Capitol, along the way of Emergency Medical Transport, and at UAMS where I was admitted who had a hand in my survival. Yet the truth is, I remember nearly nothing about any of it except that I am forever appreciative of all quick and sincere efforts given by so many people to saving my life.

For the record, as I regained conscious awareness of my surroundings and what had taken place, I was informed of treatment options and consulted with my adult-children about what course of action to take. Thus on Thursday afternoon, about 24-hours after my admission to UAMS, I was released to travel home to Van Buren County and begin my recovery.

Now, being one full week into my rehabilitation, I am thrilled to say that things are going great. I slept really well the last couple of nights and breakfast this morning –- which I prepared for myself – tasted totally great.

A few big things have changed, however. Most notably the February publication of Help YourSelf: Community Resources Directory, which I edit and layout, is temporarily on hold. And I don’t plan to be doing any Can-Can dancing for a while!

What I do plan is to continue reclaiming good health and expressing my appreciation for all those aforementioned who helped rescue me, especially including my five fabulous adult-children, three of whom reside out of state, flew home immediately to be at my side and have been pampering me ever since.

Also I am compelled to especially acknowledge my dear friend, professional colleague and business partner, Robert Kim Combs, who was at my side from the moment I succumbed at the capitol straight through my release from the hospital and beyond, making multiple trips from the Little Rock airport to my home near Clinton, chauffeuring my incoming kids.

Thanks & (((hugs)))… ~Christine

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