On the night of March 4, 2019, I was feeling short of oxygen. I checked into Urgent Care. They shuttled me to my local hospital ER. The next thing I knew, it was mid-April and I was waking up in Portland Oregon. I had been put in a medically induced coma, it was about 5 weeks later. I was shuttled from where I lived in the Tacoma, Washington area, a couple of driving hours away, since there were no Ecmo machines (like life support) in the Tacoma/Seattle area. This illness, started with the flu, and quickly escalated to respiratory shutdown, kidney failure and a need for a Trac. I spent 3 months---bedridden---in different Portalnd hospitals. Since my legs had "been asleep" for over a month, I am still learning to walk again. The recovery time is anywhere from 8 -12 months. At the moment, I can't work and drive a car. My parents are helping me with my rehabilitation. You don't want to through this: getting your vitals several times/day, kidney dialysis, blood draws, IVs for sepsis, physical therapy, dry caths (look it up), assisted breathing from a respirator, etc., etc. Please---get your flu shot when they are available. It's not guaranteed, but it least it gives you a chance. This event nearly killed me; that's no exaggeration. Thanks for reading.