We had dinner with our friends the O'Keefes and the Bruens on Saturday night. Chuck's birthday is on the 7th, and so we celebrated both birthdays. Lin and Kathy and Barbara combined talents to serve beef Wellington, baked tomatoes, and for desert, a scrumptious cake.... only seven candles, the other one hundred and thirty seven omitted for space and thermal considerations (Chuck is 72, and I soon will be... = 144-7)
But The Celebration, this year, will be bringing Costco's pinwheel sandwiches to the staff at St. Joseph Hospital. I've already thanked the doctors, Ghiassi, Hyat and Coutsoftides, and the administrator, but the staff deserves recognition, so I printed up the following, on a background of hearts, and they will accompany 7 trays (300+ sandwiches) to both shifts of the third surgical floor, the fifth surgical floor, and the ICU:
A Valentine’s Day Celebration
You are cordially invited to enjoy the anniversary celebration of a miracle that you made possible. It was on February 13, 2007, that Linda Lewin, my wife, was admitted to 3 East with a bowel obstruction due to adhesions, from Crohn’s Disease.
On the next day, she was transferred to the Cardiac Care Unit with shortness of breath and hypotension. She was found to have a perforation and after intensive fluid resuscitation, she was taken to surgery for a bowel resection. She had septicemia with 3 organisms growing in her blood stream.
For the next three weeks, the nurses, aides, respiratory technicians, lab technicians, dietary personnel, physio-therapists…. The entire St. Joseph team labored round the clock to restore her health. I wish that I could name each of you who went so far beyond your job descriptions to provide the support and encouragement that give meaning to the values and mission of this great hospital.
Instead, Lin and I want to share our appreciation for your efforts with a reminder that, on this first anniversary, and so many, many times during the year, we think of the life that was saved through the efforts of each member of a great team! Thank you from the bottom of our heart.
I included the following 2 pictures:
February 19, 2007: Linda's first popsicle following extubation.
October 10, 2007: Bar Harbor, ME during an autumn cruise to watch the leaves change color.