• Many unbelievable events have occurred since we last met with each other. You have already read thousands of words, and seen hours of television, documenting the horror of the terrorist attack on our country. I will not attempt to add to the many words of those far more articulate and knowledgeable on this subject than I. But we did want you to know that PERF joins the rest of the world in expressing our shock, our sorrow, and our sympathy to those directly involved in this tragedy, to our fellow citizens of the United States, and to friends around the world. We would also like to thank our friends for the expressions of support we have received from around the globe, especially from Japan. They were appreciated.
  • As we watched the smoke and dust billowing and blowing across the television screen, we thought of our many readers from the New York and New Jersey area. We hope that they were spared the added burden of having their respiratory systems impacted by the polluted air.
  • As calls for blood went out across the nation we also hoped that our readers with respiratory impairment used restraint in volunteering, or were turned down if they did respond. Why is that? Because oxygen is transported around your body in the hemoglobin of your red blood cells. When your oxygen transport system is already impaired by damaged lungs, giving blood can cause you to feel short of breath and fatigued. So, no matter how patriotic you are, leave the blood donations to someone else!
  • Even across the nation, here in California, we felt the ripple effects of the terrorism on the East Coast. Mary Burns and Dr. Rich Casaburi were scheduled to fly to Minneapolis on the 12th for the annual AACVPR (American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation), meeting. Their flights were cancelled, the meeting was cancelled, and so, of course, was our planned reporting of it in this edition of the Second Wind.