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To the Respiratory Therapist Who Comforted Me During My Worst Moments

It was like I was repeatedly drowning on dry land. I was in the ICU after intubation from a routine surgery that deeply aggravated my autoimmune disease, causing me to be reventilated after surgery.

I was eventually extubated, but it left my airways swollen to the point of almost being completely shut off. I was on high-flow oxygen and every two hours I would wake up coughing, wheezing, gasping, and begging my lungs to fill with air.

Then I’d press the call button and pray respiratory therapy would come as quickly as they could, only to get enough relief to once again fall back to sleep after being given the most powerful inhaled steroids my hospital had to offer.

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