I wanted to write this letter to express my gratitude to the staff of the Riverside Walter Reed ICU.
On Sept. 27, I was admitted to the ICU due to COVID-19 induced ARDS (Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome). To say the least, it was a very scary situation. I left my wife standing in the emergency room when they took me back to the ICU and didn’t see her again until I was released a week later on Oct. 4. Due to the hospital’s COVID protocols, no one from my family was permitted to visit me in ICU for the duration.
I was promptly hooked up to air machines to get my blood oxygen levels where they needed to be, and about 100 other sensors (some of those things can be miserable to wear). Despite the pokes and prods, the air tubes and IVs, the multiple times a day of giving blood samples and taking the blood thinner shots to the abdomen, the worst thing about the experience for me was being alone and disconnected from my wife and son. There is nothing that ...
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