Today I celebrate a victory, the joyous existence of life.
For only four weeks ago, my body was burdened in strife.
It happened unexpectedly, and much to my chagrin;
I was bitten by the flu bug, and the battle did begin.
My lymphocytes assembled to bolster a strong defense;
On the battlefield within lungs, the combat grew intense.
An army of antibiotics dispersed with a trumpeting call.
Unrelenting were the invaders, affixed to my bronchial wall.
My chest muscle mechanics tried to expectorate those bugs;
Still, germs swarmed my airways, building dams of mucus plugs!
Then I recalled reading in Quest of Physiatrist John Bach;
His creative understanding make him a most inventive Doc!
He's pioneered ventilation with a noninvasive technique,
And re-established a coughing machine: The In-Exsufflator unique!
Now the battle still stormed, and my lungs began to tire.
I had to take some action, as it was difficult to respire.
A trip to the hospital, was a journey I wanted to resist,
Hence I dialed up Emerson, to ask if they'd assist.
It was to my advantage--a most fortunate quirk--
That the person I spoke with was New England Rep. Kirk.
As a Respiratory Therapist, he knew I was in vital need;
So he brought down the In-Exsufflator to me top speed!
The machine was a wonder, I could cough and expel!
My lungs breathed deeply as the virus bid farewell!
Today I celebrate good health and pause for reflection,
Many thanks to all who helped me evict that infection!
No need to fear.
Should a virus adhere.
My lungs will stay clear.
With the In-Exsufflator near.
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