May I Vent?

Ventilators, ventilators, ventilators!! They are our salvation, we need…I don’t know, hundreds of thousands of them!

Have you ever seen someone on a ventilator?


It may be better than expiring in respiratory distress.


But can you imagine how it feels to know you are not breathing, to feel the mechanical pumping where your own rhythm has always been, ever since your first moment outside the womb?

Have you seen the beseeching look, the look of terror, on the face of that person who cannot speak?

I hope you haven’t. But I have. Twice.

And I want revenge on the people who loosed this plague on us.

30 thoughts on “May I Vent?

  1. I don’t care what economic ramifications this may have, but I want China cut off ASAP. Instead of spending money on the Kennedy Center or funding federal abortions, can we pls give small businesses a hand to get up and running to replace Chinese products?

    I was horrified to learn this week that we farm out a lot of pharma production to China. Does this make sense? Do you feel safe? I am particularly verklempt because I’m inhaling Advil like jelly beans lately to alleviate the migraines I suffer due to the stress of the market.

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  2. Hyp, I’ve not been able to be in an ICU room, but I have been with folks struggling under COPD. Horrid! If you’re a vent-dependent quadriplegic – like Chris Reeve was – it does become ‘new normal’. Often, folks who’re ill on vents are put into induced ‘coma’ to ease that anxiety for a short time, when beginning the vent’s use. Difficult for family, indeed. And, I wholeheartedly agree with your discussion re: the ChiComs.

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        1. Unless it is ‘universally’ known please spell out abbreviations and acronyms for me the first time. My knowledge is finite.

          For example: I was playing the game of life forever (GOLF) when suddenly I found myself banging a Clerk of the Supreme Court of Thailand.

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          1. No need to apologize. It just ruins the continuity of my reading comprehension process when I have to look up meanings of things that may take the author only a few seconds to type. BTW, there is no reason to spell out USA, UN, NATO, etc. Those are ‘universally’ understood.

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    1. Yes, my BMD pointed out too that it can be a temporary remedial measure and people can get off it. I was just unlucky in the two cases I’m thinking of, where it proved to be the anteroom to death. But still, the awful look of terror on their faces….

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  3. I heard that nurses who work in wards such as this burnout quickly and have to be rotated to ‘desk jobs’.

    Chaps, what do we know about the anticipated impact of nCOVID-19 on the nursing staff and/or the medical staff overall? I can’t see how this ends well unless it has something to do with the CPC’s (Communist Party of China/ CommieChinks/ ChiComs) back broken forever.

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    1. May the back of the CPC, indeed, be broken for all time – and into eternity. Amen.

      As to the physical and psychic toll on healthcare workers, the novelty and enormity of scale – that didn’t happen on 9/11/01 – is an important part of the question. For these folks, it’s war with an unseen enemy; attrition more than maneuver warfare…Grinding, wearing, and potentially lethal. During “normal” ICU demand, there’s a rhythm to the days: checking on patients, interacting with family and colleagues – and – you know when shifts will end. My one- year-minted ICU nurse niece is on nights-plus, 36-hr. shifts, with 1 day in-between….Whew! I think we’ll see a lot of transfers to other environments, career changes, stress-induced illness etc. by the time this ‘curve’ flattens….Not to mention an increased demand for burnout and other mental health care. Praying like crazy; not worried, but aware.

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      1. I spent a lifetime with my youngest daughter when she was in Pediatric ICU. It was beyond stressful. Many of the parents I met during that time suffered the loss of their babies. My daughter survived and has a huge scar on her chest as evidence that she underwent open heart surgery. Our doctor had suggested ‘blue death’ for her because the chances of her surviving the surgery were almost nil.

        Daughters are awesome but they can age one also.

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        1. I cannot imagine what you (and my own parents) went through around my own arrival and first few years. Truly above-and-beyond the call. I’ll bet your daughter proved that doc wrong.)

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          1. Perhaps not, I’m still very glad she surprised the experts. Miracles happen. I’m one – and she’s another. Bless you, her, and the fam.

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          2. I’m thinking I would not. What makes you think I would be inclined to talk about it online with people I have never met had she died?

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          3. No offense meant, no need to pursue further; however, I have seen instances of members posting re: the circumstances and impact of losses, here and elsewhere….

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          4. Pleased to hear it, and glad to hear a positive story amid the n-covid paroxysm and paralysis! Muchisimas gracias, hermano!.

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  4. People are at last waking up to the point I’m making here. See Powerlineblog.com: Hindenraker:”Ventilators are no panacea”. dated today. The fact is it is a very traumatic experience for the patient. The machine can malfunction and injure your lungs. He doesn’t say this but I have SEEN it: a dead person whose entire body was inflated like the Michelin man or the Pilsbury dough boy. As he says, the ventilator is usually a bridge to nowhere.
    This entire event has been a major fiasco. And, as has been pointed out, whether or not the ChiComs did this on purpose, they and all other enemies now know how the USA would react to a bioweapons attack.

    Here’s what’s going to happen: Trump will begin taking steps to re-open the economy. And then, as happened in Singapore and even in China although they tried to hide it, there will be a “second wave” of illness. And as we now know, that will result in another economic meltdown.

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  5. Hypatia, won’t there be multiple waves of this until we finally reach ‘herd immunity’ at a global level? I am in favor of slowing that day because in the meantime vaccines and ‘best practices’ for medical treatment may be discovered, but my guess is Pandora’s box has been opened and there is no stopping this until it runs its deadly course throughout mankind.

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    1. I think you’re right, I just read a book about HenryVII; it wasn’t a time of epidemic but the plague was everywhere, the King had to be careful where he traveled and with whom. Now I’m reading DeFoe Jpurnal of the Plague year, 1665, when London was decimated, probably more than decimated, by it.
      Black Plague is actually still around, in rat populations. I have a doctor friend who encountered a human case of yersinia pestis out west. But the bacteria had become less virulent. The same thing happened with the microorganism responsible for siphilis, , which used to kill pretty rapidly and gruesomely. The same thing happened with HIV. This “novel” virus as it saturates the population will become less deadly. Because the organism doesn’t wanna kill too many of its hosts . Then it’ll go back into the animal species it frequents, bats or whatever, and mutate till it’s ready for a run at humans again.

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