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Tale of a Grade School Drop Out – Pt. 3

Published on 10/28/2015
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Tale of a Grade School Drop Out – Pt. 3

    “I can't...breathe.” I said with much difficulty. I was very scared.

    “It's okay, John. You're doing okay.”

    “I...can't...breathe.” I struggled to utter once again.

    “We're right here, John.” came the doctor's reply. I wanted him, or somebody, to help me. To do something.

    Then there came a click and the whirr of a motor. And I inhaled. And exhaled. And inhaled again. The motor of my “rocket ship” iron lung had been turned back on.

    “John, you did breathe a little. I know it was hard to do it, but you did talk to us. You did breathe a little bit on your own. We want to help you learn to breathe again.” I heard what the doctor told me, but I didn't feel reassured by what he said. (By the way, the photo below is not of me - but gives you an idea of what being in an iron lung was like.)

    As the day progresed and I calmed down, I gave some thought to how I was now able to somewhat move my fingers and my arms. Weeks ago I could barely move them even a tiny bit. And I sort of remembered not being able to move them at all. Maybe...just maybe...I could one day get to breathe again without the “rocket ship” doing it for me.

    That was the first time since polio had paralyzed me that anyone had turned off the iron lung without manually operating the “bellows” to keep me breathing, such as when they'd had to unplug it to move me to another room. But it wasn't the last time.

    The next time they did it I was scared...but maybe not quite so much. And after a while I was able to breathe without being afraid for a little while on my own. Then a little longer.

    When it got so I could breathe on my own for a few hours they even opened up the iron lung and transferred me onto a real bed! That had it's good points and not so good points. It was nice to be able to sit up at a slight angle (I was still much to stiff to sit up all the way) to see people and watch TV. It was not so good because being on a bed made it possible for them to do more stretching exercises of my arms, back, and legs. That usually hurt.

    After a few more months I was able to stay outside the “rocket ship” all day long and only go back in at night, by which time I was glad to go back in because I'd become exhausted from breathing on my own all day.

    Breathing is something most people take for granted, and they give little or no thought about it unless something unusual happens to make it difficult (like being underwater too long, or the room fills up with smoke, or severe chest congestion sets in). Even for adults it is very scary to not be able to breathe the air that we need to physically remain alive.

    In fact when something critical happens such as a drowning, heart attack, or electric shock causes somebody to stop breathing, somebody will often try to do whatever it takes to get them breathing again – such as mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.

    Yet there is another kind breath and breathing that most folks seem to have no problem doing without. What am I talking about?

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. (2Ti 3:16-17) ESV

    Let's appreciate and make good use of breathing, whether it is of air (with or without the help of a ventilator) or it is what is available to us in the Bible. Both are necessary for our total health and our being able to do what we need and ought to do.

    Thank you for reading part 3 of this series. If you would like to read parts 1 and 2, here are links to them.

Tale of a Grade School Drop Out – Pt. 1

Tale of a Grade School Drop Out – Pt. 2



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