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Don’t be shy About Asking to Remain in the Hospital

One of the best feelings in the world is cutting a hospital bracelet. Cutting a hospital bracelet can symbolize a fresh start. You’ve been discharged from the hospital. You are feeling like the best version of yourself — happy, relaxed, optimistic, and ready to prove that sickle cell can’t keep you down.

However, sometimes I feel like hospital bracelets are cut prematurely. I was admitted to the hospital Sept. 13 because of a vaso-occlusive crisis. I had pain in my arms, my back, and my legs. I was taking oral morphine, dihydrocodeine, and acetaminophen every four hours.