Time. This has an entirely new meaning for this red headed newspaper editor/radio reporter who has never missed a deadline or a beat. Thankfully I am home recovering, recuperating and trying to get back to a new “normal.”
A new deadline has been established. When you are forced to stare an illness in the face you realize how important time and life is. I found my fight song against congestive heart failure and am hoping I have “more fight in me.”
Please excuse the newspaper and lack of radio posts during my time of recovery. I know most of our readers realized something was wrong when the quality of my work and dedication to design took a slight nose dive. I do apologize as I was told by my doctors after several extensive tests my heart is only pumping at 20 percent (or in other words, very slowly – which is not normal especially for my age and weight). I commend Cooper Review owner/publisher Jim Butler, our staff writer Kalynn McKee and my co-workers at KETR for picking up the pieces of the puzzle while I spent a week in the Hopkins County Memorial Hospital (or CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Francis Hospital, as it changed during my stay). To all the doctors, nurses and staff who have forever changed my life, I give the highest praise. Despite having to adjust to a low sodium diet, multiple medications, monitoring my blood pressure and weight, and a slower lifestyle – which all in all is for my benefit, I consider myself extremely fortunate.
I would like to extend my heart-felt (no pun intended) appreciation to my family, friends and community who have gone above and beyond in their prayers and blessings for me. There truly are not enough words to express my gratitude for all of you.
From the prayers, visits, meals, cards, flowers, gifts, donations, texts, calls and Facebook comments have all touched me so greatly, and I will be using all the support to continue to make progress healing.
Your rambling red headed reporter