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A Letter to Critical Care Nurses at the 2018 AACN NTI and Expo

By Dr. Ruben J. Rucoba On May 10, 2018 11:00:00 AM

Dear High-Acuity and Critical Care Nurses,

Thank you for saving my life.

I’m not exaggerating--you saved my life, and for that, I’m eternally grateful.

In April 2016, I had a heart attack. I was perfectly alert in the ER, but on the table in the cardiac cath lab, I went into a bad rhythm, then into cardiogenic shock. After that, I went into liver failure and kidney failure. Some heroic efforts were needed to save me, including a few days on an Impella pump. The medical team called in my family to “say goodbye,” but I fooled them and recovered. I spent 10 days in the cardiac care unit, 7 of them under such heavy sedation that I don’t remember anything from that week. Within a few months, I was back to work full time, resumed all my usual activities, and I thank God for each day I’m alive.

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