[C]: Well, here it is! First video in two months, about. [R]: What’s up, everybody? Welcome back to ThreadBanger. It’s been a… couple months since we have posted a video here… uh, and for pretty…. [Corrine laughs] You alright?
– No! – And for pretty good reason.
– Good reason?! I don’t— – I mean, it’s a good reason why we haven’t posted a video – Yes, I guess it’s a good… excuse? – As the title, uh, kind of gives you a little bit of information… I died! Uh, for ju— [laughs] for just a little bit of time.
– In—in real life.
– In real life. Uh, not in fake ThreadBanger world. I… suffered a massive heart attack, one that left me, uh… dead for a… [laughs] little bit until Corrine over here saved my life [Corrine laughs] Right?
– Yes. I guess so, technically
– Technically. She is a first responder and so – Um, we gotta back up a little bit.
– Yeah, sure. – I think it’s… yeah. So, you had been sick for two months prior to this two months.
– Sure. Let’s go back a little bit. Uh, spring happened and I thought that allergies, uh, had taken over so I was like sneezing and coughing and headache and… kind of everything that goes along with allergy season.
– It was definitely a catalyst to… the future events, though.
– Sure. – So, allergies, then they think it’s a sinus infection, then it’s possibly pneumonia. So, throughout this time, you’re getting prescribed all these antibiotics and… – Inhalers.
– We kept asking for a chest x-ray and blood work and they’re like, “No, no. If it’s this we’ll give you the antibiotics for that” and then… finally, there was a point where it was just—it’s been so long, we need answers, and the doctor prescribed a pretty heavy dose of steroids which, you know, made him feel better and right when the steroids ended you start getting very sick again. So, we go into the hospital, um… where he gets diagnosed ultimately with this autoimmune disorder called granulomatosis with polyangiitis. – What the fuck is that?
– Also known as Wegener’s, but they don’t call it that anymore because apparently it was a Nazi doctor that discovered it and that’s his name. – Sure.
– But, anyway, we were in the hospital for about six days from— – I don’t remember any of it. – Well now he doesn’t, but Rob posted pictures to Instagram at that time, little beknownst to me by the way, that he was in the hospital and he was feeling better and we were leaving the hospital. So, 24 hours later—we get discharged and 24 hours later, um…. – I have a heart attack.
– Yeah, it’s pretty crazy. So, I had been sleeping on the couch a lot because he had been coughing so much. – [Rob coughing violently] And he was, like, feeling bad about keeping me awake so he couldn’t really sleep if I slept in there, so anyway, I was sleeping on the couch a lot and this night I decide to go into the bedroom— I almost fell asleep on the couch. I go into the bedroom. He’s awake. I say, “Okay, good night, going to sleep, love you… good night.” Um, about a half an hour later I wake up to Rob making these crazy noises and he wasn’t responding to his name and then, all of a sudden, the noises stopped happening, and he was just there and I’m, like, watching for a couple seconds and I’m like, “No, something’s wrong.” So I jumped out of bed, I flipped the lights on and I go to his side of the bed, turn him over and he is like definitely not… alive, let’s just say. Eyes open, grayish, like, hands, clammy, not breathing, no heartbeat. So, I started doing a little bit of CPR, from what I remember. I was trained as a first responder like 14 years ago and I—my phone’s on the other side of the bed, so I run back around, grab that, call 9-1-1, put it on speakerphone, put it on the end table and you know, they’re asking me questions, like, “What is it? Is it medical? Is it this?” so I’m like, “It’s medical! My husband’s not responding!” – They thought I was, like, on drugs or that I, like—
– Well, this plays in later in the story. So he’s like, “Okay, ma’am, you gotta get him out of the bed,” and I’m like, fuck. He’s six feet tall. I’m like… [laughs] alright, we gotta get him out of bed! So, I’m like dragging him out of the bed, get him to the floor, trying not to hurt your head, you know, and he’s like, “Okay, you just have to start chest compressions.” And, still, I was like trying to breathe in your mouth, but I’d breathe it in and then like A noi—you would make this noise a couple seconds later and it was like, “Oh my God, he’s—he’s awake!” and it was actually just the air coming back out again, is the noise that was happening. – I did not see the light. Uh…
– Huh! – which… which would have been kind of cool if I had like kind of passed on over to the other side and seen like an old relative or whatnot. – I’m sorry you were denied that experience.
– I know! I know. – Yeah. The 9-1-1 operator is like, “Okay, just find the nipple line and you’re gonna start compressions and just do that a bunch, like just start counting.”
– Sounds sexy. – “Yeah, you’re just gonna do a lotta compressions!” Um, didn’t feel sexy at the time. So…
– [Rob laughs] – I’m doing the chest compressions and the guy’s like, “Okay, ma’am. You’re doing great.” He’s like, “Is your door unlocked? Because they’re almost there,” and I was like, “Holy shit.” I was so relieved, because at this time it’s only been, like, four minutes and, um…. – Mad props to the Asheville, uh… fire department…
– Fire department. West Asheville fire department, actually. Whoo!
– For coming so fast and, uh, doing their job. – You know, it was like 12:30 in the morning. So, there’s not a lot of traffic, there’s not a lot of things happening anyway. So, they get there and—
– There’s a little bit of footage, uh, from the door.
– Rob went and watched the Ring footage like a crazy person! [Laughs] – Yeah, it’s crazy.
– So yeah, they come in and you know, they—there’s a bunch of ’em, I would say there’s like five people, and… they go in and look at you, and then this one guy just starts like, [imitating a rough voice] “Ma’am, he’s super young,” like, “he should—is he on drugs? Tell me what drugs he’s on.” I’m like, [in an overwhelmed voice] “He’s not on drugs! He was just diagnosed with this rare autoimmune disorder!” [laughs] I’m trying to explain, like, “Just help him! Just help him!” And, yeah, they were—they thought you were on drugs It probably didn’t help that I was wearing this, like, Pink Floyd t-shirt, no pants on [Rob laughs] I have tattoos everywhere, and like—but my hou— [laughs] my house does not look like a drug den, you know? Like, it’s very clean. Oh… Lord, anyways, so I didn’t realize this at the time, but they did CPR on you for 20 minutes and they zapped you twice and… there’s a liaison that happens when you call an ambulance and it’s super serious, and she goes back and forth to like talk to me and then see what’s happening in the room, give me updates. She kept saying—she was like, “You really need to call someone. Is there anyone you can call to be here with you?” – At one o’clock in the morning.
– Yeah, now it’s, you know, one o’clock in the morning and… my phone is still on the nightstand over where they’re working on you. And, again, your chest hurts because they put this crazy… fuckin’ pumper thing on your chest that looks like a well-digging device. It’s like…. I just happened to walk—I had to walk by to get some pants on and I saw… [both laugh] it was insane. So, you definitely experienced some cracked ribs from that – Yeah.
– But… [sighs] The woman comes back with my phone and she’s like, “Hey, you know, I just have to tell you it’s not looking good, we can’t get a pulse, he’s not breathing. You need to call someone to be with you. And also we’ve called the cops.,” Because the cops always come there’s someone fuckin’ dies in your house. Yeah, and so now I’m like…. I don’t know. It just—it almost goes in robot mode, you know? And I’m, like, calling a friend. I tried to call my brother. He was sleeping. So, I called my friend and I’m like, “Hey, I just had to call the ambulance and—” I couldn’t say the words, like “It’s not looking good,” or “dead” or anything like that. I’m like stumbling over my words and my friend’s trying to put things together like, “What is going on?” and the woman comes back out and she’s like, “We got a pulse! We’re taking him to the hospital!” – I’m back! [Corrine laughs] – Back from the dead.
– Ugh…. – And that is, uh, when I went into the hospital, uh, where they— – The ICU.
– The ICU. – An amazing doctor. Dr. Ashley Helgeson. It was like an episode of ER. Very young, very good-looking, super smart because I realized after… after the fact, because we spent a month in the ICU, but they make calls when a very serious case is coming in. So it’ll be like, “Blah blah blah! Cardiac, defib!” And it comes over the loudspeaker in the whole hospital so if there’s any doctors, they, like, rush to this location. You get wheeled in and Dr. Ashley Helgeson comes in and she’s like, [dramatic voice] “Where’s the young cardiac?” [laughs] And then she comes back out and she’s like, you know, “It’s very serious.” So she draws this diagram— I’ll never forget the diagram—and she’s like drawing a very simple heart, like the ventricles like, so this is what it looks like, and basically you had blood clots in most of the ventricles and arteries leading to the heart, so your heart got no blood to it, basically. And you’re contending with hypoxia, I think it’s called. When you stop breathing and there’s no blood flow, your brain can have damage so they have this other machine that— it basically is, like, tubes of water that are all underneath you and they cool you down a lot so… brain swelling could happen if you get too hot, so they keep your brain really cool and then they slowly heat up your body again to temperature and it was like, I want to say 20 hours – That’s crazy.
– that it took to slowly heat your body temperature up back again. – Dialysis.
– Yeah, so you had—there’s a port here that happens, and you had dialysis and plasmapheresis. So, they take all your blood out of your body and they do this crazy process to eliminate the bad blood cells and then they add plasma and they put it back into your body.
– So thanks to everybody out there who’s ever, uh, given blood That shit’s really important.
– Mm-hmm. – ‘Cause that had to happen to me. – You also had an ulcer, which you’re—so that meant you’re bleeding in your stomach, you had a shit-ton of IVs that all had different stuff. So then you had a feeding tube. You also had a breathing tube So that meant that you had a ventilator, you had the impella machine, you had the body warming machine, you had all of the crazy IVs that we’re going into your body yeah, it was, uh, definitely… touch-and-go there for a while.
– I don’t remember anything, uh, I don’t remember the first time that we went into the hospital, uh, I don’t remember dying, doing that whole thing, and then I think it was nearly four weeks I—I was in and out of, like, comas— like induced comas.
– Medical induced coma. So they gave you fentanyl and this stuff called propofol which…
– She’s a fuckin’ nurse now. – keeps you under. You spend a month in the ICU and this is what happens. I learned what all the beeps meant, what all the drugs do. It’s fucking crazy. You also had seizure while you were under, so they took the breathing tube out the first time, but you still needed help breathing and you wouldn’t let the mask happen because you were living out some sort of horror movie situation in your mind. [Woman screaming] Nooo! And the mask—you just would not let it—you would, like, thrash your head so they had to keep putting the breathing tube back in and that’s when they decided that the trachea was gonna be the best option for you.
– So that’s why I’ve got this— I’ve got this little slash kind of scar on my neck and why my voice sounds like absolute shit, but I sound like, uh… I could be like a really cool singer at this point. Like, a Tom Waits, you know? So, I’m kind of excited about that.
– And you did keep pulling your feeding tubes out. So you had the—the feeding tube is what you kept pulling out.
– Out of my nose. They put feeding tubes in your nose. – One feeding tube and it goes all the way down and they use this crazy machine – To feed you?
– It’s—no, but they, like, to even insert the feeding tube, it’s like this crazy…
– Ugh. – machine. So yeah, he didn’t like the feeding tube. He thought it was a conspiracy and that we were trying to keep him there, you know, like a horror movie, basically, like “House of the Thousand Horses,” so you kept trying to escape. He was like trying to steal nurses’ badges and shit, thinking that was gonna get him out of the hospital [Rob laughs] when, in reality, you don’t need a badge to get out, you need one to get in [Both laughing] Because, at first we really didn’t know if he was gonna make it. It’s true. [Laughs] – I know It’s… it’s crazy. Um… [laughs] But—we did, we’re here—I’m here! And so there was a lot of support from a lot of people that came. Cristine and Ben made it, flew in from Canada, uh… various YouTubers came. It’s okay! Lots of family and lots of friends really helped and supported.
– Mm-hmm. – Supported you, supported us.
– When you’re in that situation you want someone that you know there with you, because, otherwise, you’re just like, “Who the fuck is this person?” Especially if you’re under all these drugs and all this stuff. it just, like, it really fucking sucks So… I te—I was texting Rob even though he was sleeping and in this medical induced coma and I realized I hadn’t talked to him in, like, two weeks and it’s like the longest we’ve ever gone without talking, you know? So I was texting you crazy shit at night, like, “I just miss talking to you, I just—you know, I really just miss you.” And the next day my brother is at the hospital, he slept with you that night, and it’s like 6 o’clock in the morning and he calls me and he’s like, “They took the breathing tube out!” and I’m like, [gasps] “Is he talking?” because you can’t talk when you have that in your throat. Um… and he’s like, “Yup!” I’m like, “What’d he say?” he’s like, “‘Get me the fuck outta here!” [Both laugh] – Sounds about right.
– Um… so, I get dressed really quick and rush to the hospital and then I go in and I’m like, “Rob, blah blah blah, oh my God, it’s so good to see you” and you, like, you—you recognize me but you st—you could tell, like, it was still a little fuzzy and I just, like, went to the end of the bed and you’re like, “Corinne?” I’m like, “Yeah! Yup, it’s me!” Um…. And you just—you kept saying like, “This is fucking crazy,” and I’m like, “Yeah, it’s fucking crazy.” And you’re like wh—you know, you didn’t—so, they always ask you the same questions when you wake up and it’s like, “Do you know what year it is?” And you didn’t know what year it is and they’re like, “Do you know who the president is?” and you know who the president was and I’m like, “Eh!” [Both laugh] – No worries.
– “You don’t really wanna know who it is anyway! It’s fine!” Um… but….
– I tried to pick you up. – Well… [Rob laughs] – Well, you kept—you—I said, you know, I’m like, “oh man,” like—I don’t say “oh man”—I’m like, “I love you so much,” and you’re like, “I love you so fucking much,” and then every once in a while, he would just be like, “Wow… you’re so beautiful,” and I’m like oh! And then… [laughs] They—I was able to some poi—at some points talk you into having the mask on when you needed it. So I was able to, like, coax you into putting the mask on, and I’m like, “You kind of look like Darth Vader with that mask on, like, [imitating Darth Vader] Luke, I am your father!” [Rob laughs] and you’re like, “You’re pretty cute.” [Both laugh] And then I’m like, “Oh, yeah? You’re pretty cute, do you want to start dating?” and you’re like, I’m like, “Cool. We’re dating.”
– Sweet. -Yeah. But, you know, you also asked me for a dinosaur to put in the backyard. So… – Oh, yeah. Who wouldn’t want that?
– Yeah. – After that, you know—again, that was like four or five weeks, and then I started coming to and that was, you know, start—people we’re still coming. I remember, you know, people who were there – You don’t really remember Cristine being there.
– I don’t. – It was, like, kinda hight when you woke up and she gets there and it’s like a really weird day. We go to visit you and you’re great, you’re doing awesome and… You know, you could tell it took a minute to realize who they were but she was wearing a rude shirt, of course, and you kept looking at that and then you were like— – “Oh, Canada.”
– you realized who it was. But me and Cristine were sitting there, Ben had gone to get something and just, very slowly, you’re laying in the bed and just, like, very —and you’re making this face: And, like, really slowly… [Both laughing] you flip Cristine off. It was like the best thing ever. It was… – He’s back!
– pretty crazy. You really know people…
– Who your friends are, who your family—you know, and who’s really there for you. – Who shows up.
– Yeah. – Even after all this, surviving a heart attack, kidney failure, lungs having holes in them, dialysis, you know, just all this stuff, a tracheotomy, he had another cardiac episode while in the hospital and they had to come in and shock him again with the defibrillator. He was wide awake when it happened and then they decide that they’re gonna put a pacemaker slash defibrillator in, so.
– I got a pace—I got a fuckin’ robot heart goin’ on in here that, uh, helps me live.
– But the underlier of all of this is that he still has this autoimmune disorder that was possibly brought on by a crazy allergy season and this year allergy season in Asheville was crazy. They call it—they were calling it “pollmageddon,” you know, and it was covering everything, so… I don’t know if we’re gonna be able to live in Asheville for allergy season ever again. – We’ll travel somewhere – Sedona! Arizona. Utah. – We’ll go to Canada. We’ll visit—we’ll hang out with Ben and Cristine. Yeah, because they just have snow – Yeah, because they just have snow during spring time. [Both laugh] – But, uh, I got out of the hospital uh… mid-july and had went to a Recovery Center where I literally had to, like—I lost 30—over 30 pounds, and so I had to learn pretty much how to walk again and… motor skills—used motor skills and kind of…
– Eating. – Eating and getting back on track, which was crazy. Just simple things that, you know, you don’t think that you would lose, you know… memory loss, all sorts of stuff that they get you back on track with on, so Two weeks of that and then, now, I’ve been home for like a week – Guess what he wanted to do—work! [Rob laughs] – So, it’s gonna be—it’s gonna be—you know, I wanna make videos. We’re making a video right now, but I think it’s gonna be a minute before we, kind of, get back on track and, you know, do some stuff. I don’t know what’s next, uh, here on the channel. You get really, like, a weird life perspective when you die and have a second chance at life. We’ve been doing this for 14 years which is fuckin’ crazy to admit and say, some of you aren’t even 14-years-old [Corinne laughs] But we, you know, we’re—we’re looking at this from a whole another angle at this point in time. – I don’t know, it’s, um, I— I don’t think we’ll ever be able to stop making videos because that’s just something that is in both of our blood. – I think that there’s definitely like more passionate things that I would like to make videos about instead of making fucking rainbow toast and… [Corinne laughs] stupid shit.
– Wait, have you ever made rainbow toast? – I don’t think so. [Both laugh]
– Rainbow toast! – Next video! [Corinne laughs] – I don’t know, life is short. You realize after something like this that all those things that you want to do… you should kind of just do them and take the risk. – It’s nice to, like, save money in the bank, but it’s also, like, great to spend it, you know? And like do shit that you wanna do
– Oh, yeah? – And, like, take vacations and, like, you know…
– Yeah. – do things for yourself.
– 100%. – Because, literally, I fucking died and [laughs] and had—I would’ve had so many dreams unfulfilled and so many things that I would have wanted to do that I didn’t do uh, that… would’ve sucked. So, uh, buy our merch! [Corinne laughs] We’re, uh, throwing up some new t-shirts.
– A shirt that says, “I died.” It’s very simple, a little tombstone, “I died” on it. I mean, it’s a saying, people say, “I died,” all the time. – Oh, another good one, is the “DeadBanger” shirt! Huh? Instead of the regular ThreadBanger logo, this one is made of bones. Goddamn! That’s a cool shirt. So go check out the merch store over on Teespring, we’ll leave the link below. – It’s a merch play! Isn’t it always? – Yeah, the whole—the whole thing was. Oh, shit.
– Isn’t it always? I’m probably gonna post a couple videos of my personal channel in the coming weeks here.
– Sure. I’m posting some videos of like, behind-the-scenes stuff. I was, like, making death vlogs of, like, me like super sick in the hospital that— – April, like, late April.
– I don’t even remember. – I mean, my plan, when all this first started happening, I was never coming back to the house. I was selling the house.
– Wow. – I was gonna live in a van down by the river and never talk to anyone again. So we’ve progressed a lot since then! – I know! I’m grateful for that.
– I’m grateful, too. It’s just—he’s—he’s a medical marvel. It really is amazing! Science is fucking incredible! I also urge you to take a CPR class. I took mine, again, 16 years ago and it literally— – Saved my life!
– saved his life. To know what to do in those very early-on seconds is super important, so take a CPR course! – I’m sure there is a website that we’ll leave down here below.
– Yeah! – American Red Cross, Association of…
– [Laughs] Sure. -Breathing. I don’t know.
– Breathing! And heart beating!
– First responders USA. – That’s a really long URL. – I don’t know what it is.
– I feel like we’ll have to put the bit.ly up. This is it. – Yeah, so that’s the, that’s the story. Hopefully I get my voice and my strength back and we get ThreadBanger back on track! – But, you know, some people out there might be missing us a little bit, wanna see some more content so if that’s the case—
– We actually made some videos prior to all of this for the Travel Channel, a show called “Park It!” where we go around to six different national parks and explore everything you could do in one day which was pretty awesome, that actually comes out pretty soon in a few weeks. So be sure you check out travelchannel.com for that. Thanks for watching. Thanks for sticking with us through all of the madness – And for all of your amazing comments and sincere, you know, just concern and love. It was—it was really great to read a lot of your comments and, again, I feel really bad for not really updating people with a lot of information but it was hard for a long time and we’re all lucky and I don’t know. I’m just so [laughs] happy that you’re home and you’re doing better.
– Me too. That’s it!
– I guess so. -Yeah. – It’s weird. It’s a hard video to make.
– Yep, it was. – Oh, I love you so much!
– I love you, too. We did it! I’m alive! Don’t squeeze me too [coughs] hard [coughs].
– Jesus! – Well, we will see you next time. Hopefully I won’t sound like an adolescent teenager [Corinne laughs] and I’ll get my voice back and get this show back on the road Uh, until then! – Bye-bye!