The Six Stages of Hospitalization and Chronic Illness

Stage One: This is Great, I’m Too Young to Wear a Bra—What Do I Know About Life? The first time I was admitted to the hospital, I was seven-years-old. I had pneumonia, my lung had nearly collapsed, and I was on cocktail of antibiotics that had me projectile vomiting all over myself. It was pretty…

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The Experts: Dr. Santa Maria on Saline Therapy for POTS Patients

Dysautonomia is the kind of illness that comes unique to every patient. When the autonomic nervous system misfires and dysfunctions, it can leave a patient with a host of perplexing symptoms that affect nearly every major organ system in the body. From heart-pounding Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia to painful gastroparesis and disorienting migraines—this is an illness…

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