I was on a ventilator but survived COVID-19. Everyone should be as lucky

Rhonda Cagle and her husband, Lorenzo Sierra/ Courtesy photo Rhonda Cagle

By Arizona Representative Lorenzo Sierra opinion contributor

Opinion: Too many of us value our misguided personal beliefs more than the well-being of others. I’ve been thinking about that a lot as I recover from COVID-19.

(Editor’s note: Opinion pieces are published for discussion purposes only.)

 “Representative Sierra, can you open your eyes?”

I struggled to comply. When I finally did, I found myself in a situation no one ever wants to be.

Yet a few days ago, that’s exactly where I was, waking up to the voices of my doctors in the intensive care unit of Johns Hopkins Hospital, telling me I had been on a ventilator and heavily sedated for four days. 

Disoriented and exhausted, I could have sworn I was with my family on a visit to my daughter in Washington, D.C., just 10 minutes prior. My mind swirled as my doctor asked me THE question.

“Can you tell me your name?”

Of course, I thought, my name is …

It’s . . .


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