Thursday, October 20, 2011

Globally Transient

I was with Kevin during his keynote presentation to the Thrive conference in Auckland New Zealand when near the end of his speech he became literally lost for words (ironically on the section “Eliminate” from Blue Oceans). The first sign something was wrong was that he had been sticking straight to the script. He came off stage, speech unfinished, and went to Auckland Hospital for tests and scans. The doctors ruled out anything serious and diagnosed a condition called transient global amnesia – a very short term condition in which the person has no recall of immediate and recent events (he was delighted to be told that the All Blacks were in the Rugby World Cup final, so much so that the news had to be repeated every 10 minutes). The Mayo Clinic describe the condition as “rare, seemingly harmless, and unlikely to happen again." Kevin stayed overnight in hospital, I visited him this morning and his recall is back to peak condition but for the hour or so after the incident. I suspect he will categorize this as on-the-field concussion.

Kevin sends his thanks for best wishes sent. He was able to laugh at an interaction that happened soon after he took ill. Medics had been called and a couple of very competent chaps appeared quickly in the theater green room. One of them got right into it with the “follow my finger with your eyes” and “count 1-10 and then backwards” routine. Something twigged in the other medic who asked “Mate are you medically qualified?” to which medic #1 replied “no but my girlfriend is a nurse and I’ve seen her do this!” Only in multi-tasking give-it-a-go NZ.

Brian Sweeney, Chairman, SweeneyVesty


Deena Syed said...

Hope you are feeling 100% kevin and that it never happens again. That is funny though :) Take great care of your brain :)

Richard Cross said...

Brian, Thank you for your update. I've communicated with but never met Kevin (through a rugby related project)and thoroughly enjoy his blogs and observations on life, business, and sport. great story about the medics. Best regards to Kevin and bonne chance on Sunday\!

Anonymous said...

HI Kevin,
Hope you are back to full health. Nice of the All Blacks to give you a belated birthday present.
Hope it didn't effect your blood pressure.
Kia kaha

Joy said...

Kevin, wishing you a speedy full recovery. Sending you good vibes and energy from Chicago :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Kevin,

I'm sorry you weren't feeling well - all the best and take care.

Celine Spencer
Lancaster MBA, '11

PS: Congrats to the All Blacks

Anita De Las Moses said...

I hope you fully recover Kevin.I am fairly certain I have had these episodes myself.Who hasn't?It has assisted me greatly to write about people at lovemarks and to traverse a broad cultural spectrum.Get well. That is an order. God Bless.

Maitland said...

Glad everything is ok. Speedy recovery Kevin. Thx for the update Brian.

Anonymous said...

Hope there will be no more sticking to the script in future Kevin!
Lots and lots of love, been thinking of you heaps.
Allison O'Neill
*fellow RWC winner*