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Loui C.

I have always had a great pair of lungs. Never gave breathing a second thought. That is until Aug, 2018.

A 60 ft fall left me with 2 severe lung contusions, a collapsed left lung that had to be partially removed, and 32 days on a ventilator. To make things worse, my left diaphragm was paralyzed. I also now have asthma. I refused to give up. Every one of those 32 days was a battle, but here I am. I worked hard on recovery and returned to work in 5 months managing my crew.

Breathing is different now. It feels different and I run out of wind easily. I get tired easier too and have a regimen of inhalers and meds. It was a rough transition to go from "fine" to "how's my breathing going to do today" I do have limits I have to observe, but life has returned mostly to normal. A combination of doctors, hard work and pure stubbornness.

First published: October 10, 2019

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