I mentioned to you last week that Linda, my wife of nearly forty-five years, will be retiring on June 1. How precious is time, especially with those you love?
Last Friday afternoon, I received a call from the nurse at Augusta Middle School, where Linda is a Special Education teacher. Linda was experiencing chest pain, and the nurse was having difficulty keeping her awake. She had already ordered an ambulance. "If there's time," I said, "get her to Via Christi St. Francis." (I've spent a little time there myself, and in my experience, there is no better medical team anywhere.) There was and they did.
Friday's episode was a heart attack, but Linda is at home now, getting used to the idea of rest and relaxation. Her retirement has arrived two weeks ahead of schedule. She's looking forward to spending the many remaining years of her life drawing, painting, and writing; and of course, spending lots of time with her grandchildren.
Gratitude! For that Augusta Middle School nurse, for Butler County EMS, and for Via Christi's outstanding ER team; for Dr. Lyle Zepick, Linda's cardiologist, and for the nurses in Via Christi's cardiac intensive care unit.
And, for Janelle. Despite having four young children of her own to care for, Nelle drove from Salina to Via Christi - and then to Winfield - to reassure and care for her parents. For Nelle's husband, Danny and his parents, Karen and Ron, all of whom looked after our grandchildren in Nelle's absence.
We are truly blessed. Until next week,
PATIENCE, DISCIPLINE, and CONFIDENCE in the FUTURE mh