I admit to not having even read that piece. But if it is so special to you then I will definitely go read it now. And I will give it a green heart dammit!
But I fully agree that you fall into this whirlwind of needing approval on Medium. I am trying to become a better writer and always write from the heart, even things I never thought I would share. And I die a little inside every morning when I check up on the stats of my publications.
These numbers should mean nothing, you are right. I too will try to detox myself from the stats of my stories.