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Carol Ellis, PhD
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Editor’s Note: The author writes, “I am a constant patient of the medical profession. Writing helps me process and record my experiences.” Carol Ellis was born in Detroit, Michigan, and now lives and writes in Portland, Oregon. She has a Ph.D. in English from The University of Iowa.

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Chest. 2014;145(4):924. doi:10.1378/chest.13-2147
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Marsha said she’d appear on Sunday and we would go to the
store and buy cases of electrolyte drinks – although I remain
unclear about what electrolytes actually are and why I have
ended up in the ER because my electrolytes were horrendously
disheveled – one time by ambulance which was a kind of public
display of my failures to be a healthy human being that I work
on avoiding – not successfully that time – the hospital allowed
five liters of electrolyte liquid and then put me on a bus back
to my house on another dark night – another night because
nights are always dark so it is not necessary to repeat the
obvious – unless the lights are turned on yet still there’s that
suggestion in the background that now is night and you had
better be either dancing or sleeping.




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