Day 13 in a series: “THE TRACHEA COMES OUT”
After about a month at Virginia Baptist, I was transferred to Heartland, a senior citizens rehab facility. Lindsay and Evelyn, my physical and occupational therapists at Heartland were instrumental in continuing my progress.
THE TRACHEA COMES OUT
The night that I got to Heartland was when the trachea came out. They took it to out to clean it - no more than 5 minutes tops, and the small hole in my neck started to close a lot faster than usual. They couldn’t re-insert it. I was thrilled. They had me to go to the emergency room so they could check me out. They brought me into bay #2 and it just so happened that a respiratory tech happened to be there. I told him what had transpired. He examined me and told me that I didn’t need a trachea. “What do you need a trachea for?” he exclaimed. I responded “that’s what I’ve been saying for weeks!” He said “I can’t make that call - the doctor must make that call”. An hour later a doctor appeared. She examined me and told me that she and the other doctors would decide if it needed to be re-inserted. When I informed her that I would not consent to having it re-inserted, the blood drained from her face. She just couldn’t believe it.
Later, a Physicians Assistant entered the room and another round of “attempted persuasion” took place. I repeated my objection in that she could “talk to that wall” all night long. The trachea was finally out for good.
TOMORROW: DAY 14: "HOME!"
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Nick is the Vice-Chancellor of Amherst Theological Seminary, and he has a D. Min. from Amherst Theological Seminary. He has his MA from Liberty University in Marriage and Family Therapy. He is the author of the book: "The Walk Applied: Living the New Creation Life as a Citizen of God's Kingdom in a Secular World". He has also written "The Fasting and Prayer Handbook". Nick has been married to Kathy since 1985, and hey are the proud parents of 3 children.
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