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Back To Work - June 2020 - Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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was looking out the window and watching the sky slowly change from day to night, and from night to day. I could almost tell exactly what time it was by the clearness and color of the sky. It made me realize the universe was much bigger than me and that I was just a tiny grain of sand in the world. Somehow, realizing how insignificant I was in the grand scheme of things helped take my mind off the reality that COVID-19 was invading my body. Watching the sky was very calming for me. After six days in the hospital, both the hydroxychloroquine and oxy- gen were discontinued, my EKG and blood work were normal, and I was told I could recover at home. Even after discharge, I was far from feeling better. In fact, it took more than a month from the moment I started experiencing symptoms until I felt like myself again. Still, I know I'm one of the lucky ones. I survived COVID-19 with a story to tell — and a new perspective on life and the patient experience. OSM J U N E 2 0 2 0 • O U T P A T I E N T S U R G E R Y . N E T • 4 7 Dr. Ball (kayball@aol.com) is an adjunct professor of nursing at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio, as well as a perioperative nurse educator and consultant.

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