One year ago, I was in the hospital. My life was in chaos. I’d been disillusioned with my job for several months, but in hindsight, that might have been due to my onrushing health crisis.
I went into the hospital last Labor Day weekend for what turned out to be the first of five hospital stays between Labor Day and Xmas 2020. I was struggling to breathe and I felt like shit. Both Hal and I had been extremely cautious because of COVID, so my first feat was that I had contracted COVID.
Eventually, I was diagnosed with COPD and kidney disease. I was never able to last more than 10 days between hospital visits, and I was growing weaker all the time.
The darkest and scariest time was right after Thanksgiving. I went back into the hospital and my kidneys shut down. Hal saved my life by demanding I be put on dialysis. Unfortunately, the closest available treatment was in Richmond, VA 50 miles away.
I wasn’t aware of any of this, because I was placed into a medically-induced coma for 4 days. I woke up inRichmond with a tube down my throat, unable to talk and drifting in and out of consciousness. Hal wasn’t there when I woke up, and I was terrified. He got to Richmond as soon as he could, but it was five days before the tube was pulled out of my throat.
During those first few days after the tube was removed , I was a total invalid. I remember the Pink Floyd lyrics because my hands did indeed feel like two balloons. I couldn’t feed myself and I drifted in and out of consciousness.
I was in Richmond until December 16, 2020. I remember being so glad to leave, but the trip home was miserable, and I wondered if I would make it. I was so weak that I couldn’t stand up to shower for another week after getting home. Hal took great care of me. I wouldn’t be here typing this if not for Hal.
I’ve been on long-term disability this entire year. I’ve recovered some of my strength, but I’m nowhere near 100%. I’ve accepted that I’ll never be the person I was before; I’m just trying to be the best person I can be going forward. My life is still remarkable because of Hal and The Stooges. I want to be as well as I can for them, as well as myself.