A Piece of My Mind Section Editor: Roxanne
K. Young, Associate Editor.
I was halfway through a chocolate chip muffin—my gold-standard
breakfast of choice—when Joyce told me that they had taken you off your
machines. Maybe it was the sugar high, but at first I thought she meant machines
as in workout machines, and I had a momentary image
of you on a StairMaster, climbing with the gusto of a woman a third your age.
Unfortunately, the machines she meant were the ventilator and monitors, the
IVs, and all of the tubes that had become your constant companions. In your
five-week tour with us, your room number and your nurses changed, but your
machines had remained steadfast, following you through the hospital from floor
to floor to floor.
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