Most of us have seen images of the ICU (Intensive Care Unit) in the movies, tubes hanging down from bags of fluids, and the ventilator tube extending from the patient’s mouth. We’ve heard the rhythmic sound of the ventilator and seen the visual images of graphs and numbers on a screen, all representing the patient’s life force—their vital signs.
It’s entirely another matter when it’s your own mother.
She looks lifeless, with the whooshing sound of the ventilator breathing air into her fluid filled lungs. She is receiving an IV drip of a powerful sedative, which prevents her... Read More