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Shake, Shake...

Posted Dec 11 2009 5:06am
Last night I was watching a documentary on bbc3 about a man who had been paralyzed from the neck down. At one point of the documentary, these nurses had to shake him on the bed laid down to get any fluid off his lungs. I had totally forgotten about when I had that done too when I was in ICU in 2007 and I had pneumonia. Even with a drain in my lungs to get any fluid out my lungs, I had to do this shake too. The nurses put your hands on top of your chest and shake up and down once or twice. I hated having it done because they had to push very hard on my chest and it wasn't very nice at the time but eventually it did the trick and got the fluid off my lungs. Like i say I had totally forgotten about that part... Some parts are quite clear in my mind and other times I see something that reminds me about that time. I am very grateful for it though for the docs and nurses at the ICU unit at Bradford Royal Infirmary.
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