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Listening to Sickle Cell Patients is Crucial During a Crisis


I recently was admitted to the hospital during a sickle cell crisis and because of suspected COVID-19. My experience was harrowing.

I have experienced many things as a sickle cell disease patient. I have had pneumonia more frequently than I can remember, suffered collapsed lungs, had deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolisms, spent weeks on end in intensive care, and been intubated a number of times. But this latest admission was the most traumatic of my life.