INSTALLMENT 9: "HEARTLAND"
Rev. Dr. Nicholas "Nick" Marica is a 69 year old pastor who was diagnosed with Covid-19 and Diabetes on Christmas Day, 2020. He spent the next 6 months in three different hospitals. This blog tells the story of the struggles that he and his family endured.
After a few weeks, I was transferred to Heartland, a nursing home with excellent rehab facilities. The night that I got to Heartland was when the dreaded 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. I was advised me to go to the emergency room so they could check me out, which I did. 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. He said “I can’t make that call - the doctor would 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.
NEXT TIME: "WHY ME?"
Rev. Dr. N. Patrick Marica contributes incisive Christian commentary on this blog on a regular basis. He is the Vice-Chancellor of Amherst Theological Seminary, and 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". He has also written "The Fasting and Prayer Handbook" He is the Director of Godly Training Ministries. He has been married to Kathy since 1985. They have 2 adult daughters and an extraordinary son-in-law.
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