Breathing becomes harder and harder to do on your own and a test of your arterial blood shows that the oxygen levels in your blood are critically low. Next is intubation, where the doctors put a tube down your throat and into your windpipe so the ventilator can pump air with extra oxygen more effectively into your lungs.
You are sedated and effectively paralyzed so you can be fed through a tube and you are also fitted with a Foley catheter and a rectal tube. As well as bathing you, the staff will turn your body on a regular basis in order to prevent the development of bedsores. You will also be laid on your stomach as that position allows for better oxygenation. Tragically, this is the stage that some people don’t get past.