I like to roll over in my sleep to listen to my wife breathing. Her easy, slow breath is like a lullaby when I can't sleep. Late last night, however, it sounded like she was trying to say something.
I saw her lips moving as she inhaled, then move again when she exhaled. I leaned in closer to hear what she was trying to say. Her breath against my ear sent a chill down my spine.
It was a faint whisper, but I could hear her repeat it over and over with every breath. I thought she was having a bad dream, so I shook her.
She didn't wake up, still whispering "Heeeeeeelp Meeeeeeee"
I turned on the lights and got out of bed. I tried splashing cold water on her face, making noise, shaking her even more. Nothing. I checked her pulse.
She was alive, and still breathing: "Heeeeeeeelp Meeeeeee"
She's now in intensive care hooked up to a machine. Her slow, steady breath is still whispering to me as I sleep. The doctor's say she won't be waking up for a long time. All I can do is wait.
And listen to her, begging for help with every breath.