Blink of an Eye


Blink of an Eye, a new podcast with Louise Phipps Senft, explores stories of trauma, loss, awakening, and epiphanies. Ms. Senft recounts her experience navigating a life-changing accident that rendered her son, Archer, paralyzed from the neck on down, and expands the story with interviews of those behind the scene. Told through real journal entries and inspiring guests, Blink of an Eye will inspire you to explore the true nature of our relationships and interconnectedness in the face of an event that changes everything.
The Story Behind Blink of an Eye - an OverviewEpisode 1: The CallEpisode 2: He Talked with GodEpisode 3: Tunnel VisionEpisode 4: The Family MeetingEpisode 5: Prayer Warriors Unite!Episode 6: The Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda’sEpisode 7: The Whole Truth and Nothing But the TruthEpisode 8:  Archer’s Tree Weeps Too: She KnowsEpisode 9: Pray for ArcherEpisode 10: What to SayEpisode 11: Holding it TogetherEpisode 12: Some Things Stay the Same
Preparing visitors for what to expect when visiting your loved one in a trauma unit is critical. It’s stunning how quickly we see the new normal of machines, tubes, and life support, but it can be shocking to first-time and especially younger visitors. They may think they’ll be in the way, and they may be frightened, but the recovery of Archer is dependent on familiar faces showing up and bringing some normalcy. Most of all, such visitors allow Archer, who is tragically altered, to still be seen as himself, despite the horror of what may have been the first recognition of the new reality.    The traumatic event doesn’t just impact the patient; it impacts all those around especially the ones closest to the patient. And the emotional roller coaster can cause lasting damage to their bodies. The patient needs support in every way. So do the family caregivers. Listen in for ways we can take care of the insides of our bodies to be of greatest service to those we are protecting and caring for during and after the unfolding of a traumatic event, so we can continue to show up.    Join Louise for this episode of Blink of an Eye: Episode 12 Some Things Stay the Same August 7. DAY 3.  In this episode, you will hear interview excerpts from Robby Black, a Baltimore McDonogh high school lacrosse friend of Archer and of Louise’s son, Dewey Bobbie Austin, a Baltimore McDonogh high school lacrosse friend of Archer and of Louise’s son, Dewey   #hopeforeverything   #obtaineverything
Oct 21 2020
46 mins
Episode 13: What Not to SayEpisode 14: Soothing Texts -- What (Not) to TextEpisode 15: You Gotta Go Through ItEpisode 16: In the FoxholeHealing Trauma Guidebook: He Talked with GodEpisode 17: The New North Star
Scared and confused, Louise is still hopeful, until she is told “It was just a spasm,” by a nurse who once again callously dismisses her observation of her paralyzed son she was intensely watching over. Just a spasm? Did the hospital consider the impact of those words on Archer? You’ll hear about the terror from one of Archer’s rescuers and how it really was on the beach that day.  You’ll also hear about a video of strangers who gathered on the beach to pray for Archer. The news of Archer’s traumatic accident was in the newspapers. But Louise learned the hospital had issued a statement that her family did not wish to be contacted. Why did they say that without asking them? It seemed the hospital was making this traumatic injury worse. As a mom, she was facing more barriers to get simple medical information on her son. Did the staff drug Archer? Why didn’t anyone seek her consent?  Where was the policy written to allow his mother to know everything about his care, his tests, the drugs they had going into his body, and why.  As the intensity was wearing on her family, Louise shares her views about the real patient experience and what a healing mission might look like for hospitals. Is this the way hospitals are searching for to increase patient satisfaction? Join her as she opens an exploration of hospital policies and norms and how to change those that might actually create greater suffering and increase trauma for patients and for staff too. Could there be a new approach?   Join Louise for this episode of Blink of an Eye: Episode 17 The New North Star August 7. DAY 3.  In this episode, you will hear interview excerpts from Harry Back, who was the Assistant Manager at the Beach Club in Cape May at the time of Archer’s accident, responsible for his rescue off the beach, and today is the City of Cape May Supervisor of Beaches in charge of the Cape May Beach Patrol. and   Mabeth Hudson who was a long time Cape May cottager and Beach Club member at the time of Archer’s accident, and is the Founder of Well for the Journey in Baltimore. She was at the Beach Club around the time of Archer’s accident.    #hopeforeverything   #obtaineverything
Dec 2 2020
1 hr 15 mins
Episode 18: Gateway to Hope
It may have been easier if Pete had not shared with Louise the dark reality he had been carrying “Why Archer and not me?” “It should have been me and not Archer”. Brutal thoughts. But real thoughts. These thoughts at one end hanging in an almost stagnant state of exhausted optimism countered with a friend’s hope-filled experience of Archer, “He started squeezing my hand and held it for 20 minutes.” Hope can transform a stark reality. Hope is not optimism. Hope is when we put our trust in someone trustworthy. In these moments, Louise had her hope in Shirley, and God. These she knew she could trust. Hope requires far more courage than optimism. Rabbi Jonathan Sacks teaches, “Optimism is the belief that the world is changing for the better; hope is the belief that, together, we can make the world better.” Having a gateway to hope can lead the way through a gateway to healing.  Join Louise for this episode of Blink of an Eye: Episode 18 Gateway to Hope August 7. DAY 3.  In this episode, you will hear interview excerpts from In this episode you will hear from: Pete Senft, Louise's oldest son, and one of Archer’s older brothers, who was 21 at the time of Archer’s accident and is today a civil engineer at Whiting Turner and lives in Baltimore. Paula Senft Easton, Louise’s eldest child, and only daughter, and Archer’s older sister, who was 24 at the time of Archer’s accident and is today the Associate Director of Admissions for the Friends School in Baltimore.   Dr. Kris Radcliff, a spinal surgeon with the Rothman Institute in Philadelphia and Archer’s neck surgeon at Atlanticare in 2015.   Shirley Davis Rawson, a family friend of the Senft’s, the Sacristan at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen Catholic Church in Baltimore, 1996-2016, and a retired police officer with Baltimore County Police Department.   #hopeforeverything   #obtaineverything
Dec 9 2020
1 hr 7 mins