Anyone can learn first aid. First aid is great at identifying medical emergencies. Paula and I took a first aid course and that is how we discovered Paula’s defective yet often effective breathing. Kraeplin did the same and got similar results. Hypercapnia is hard to diagnose and can, under adverse conditions further stressing breathing, will lead to episodes of madness. Loosing one’s mind is very handicapping. It is very hard to cope in life under regular circumstances. Trying to live your adult life when you have lost your mind is horrible. Having someone neglect to give you basic first aid is just tragic.
It was very tragic for Jerry, who was unable to function as a teacher and had to tough it out for most of his 74 years.