Persons of the Year


hospital stay2This is the time of year when we celebrate the Birth of Christ all across this great land. It is a time of marvelous excitement for the children,a busy time for parents, shopping, baking and decorating the tree. There is a special feeling in the air that is rarely recreated on other occasions. It is also the time of year when many outstanding people are nominated in various categories. Movie of the year, movie star of the year,volunteer of the year, singer of the year and so on. Not often do we nominate a politician!!probably a sound reason for that none category. On January 22nd 2011 I had a heart attack and ended up in the Charlottetown hospital for a week before being transferred to Halifax. At the Queen Elizabeth 2 hospital I awaited bypass surgery for four blockages. One of which was over 90% blocked, my doctor informed me that I could have dropped dead at any moment. I don’t think we appreciate or understand how close a brush with death this is. I know I didn’t, I was scared of the operation but never for a minute thought I would not survive. There is something very different about a brush with death when you are aware of it. As an example if you narrowly miss being hit by a bus or are pulled from the water seconds before you would have drowned, you usually thank God and the people who saved you. For several weeks you will avoid buses and water and probably talk and talk about how lucky you were. Well heart surgery is also a brush with death but not with the same immediate fear of that onrushing bus. I was kept very comfortable, reassured by caring nurses and given drugs to calm my nerves. Before entering the operating room I was well into oblivion. I remained that way for at least twenty four hours, and when I finally awoke the surgery was over and I was in recovery. For me this was quite an easy 24 hours, I slept through the whole thing. However, when I think of the necessary skill and hard work performed by my surgeon and team it goes far beyond my comprehension. What amazing talent these men and women have, what amazing work they do every day. Work that goes unseen by most of us, work that receives little appreciation when compared to the Idols and Stars of screen and stage. I’m about to enjoy my third Christmas since my surgery and for that can only offer my humble thanks to the people who saved my life. These are not only the people I nominate at this time of year, but indeed for every day of every year. Unsung hero’s who go about their daily work so quietly and efficiently. Thank you one and all for my life, my family, my grandchildren  and another Christmas. May God Bless you all. I don’t suppose any of the operating team or staff that saved my life will read this blog, and that is a shame, nevertheless my sincere gratitude is real and is for them. Merry Christmas.

God Bless and a Merry Christmas

About irishroverpei

Author of "Lily & Me", "The Royal Navy & Me" and Chapter XXl Armageddon. Writer, blogger and RN Submariner, antique automobile enthusiast.
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2 Responses to Persons of the Year

  1. baconburner says:

    Ben you have first hand experience with the possibility of near death. Our Doctors and Nurses fail to receive as many Thanks or Accolades as the rightfully deserve.
    My Cousin Marilyn is now entering her 14th year as a survivor of a Double Lung Transplant. The quote from her in her story puts it all in Focus.” As I lay on the Gurney prepped and ready to enter the OR. I had no idea if my body would reject this life giving transplant, I was facing life or death, dependant on my surgeon and his skilled team as well as God”
    She certainly shares each Christmas and New Years with a Happy Thankful heart.
    She was also one of the people who tracked down (over5 years) her Donors family and they share Christmases and New Years Thankful to Joe and his Organ Donations.
    God Bless and Keep you with us many more years, many more Blogs and in Good Health
    Robby

  2. irishroverpei says:

    Thanks Robby for your wonderful ability to understand mine and the values of so many others. A double lung transplant is probably among to most serious of surgical procedures and I’m so please to hear your cousin survived it. God Bless you and have a Great Christmas, or maybe in your case I should wish you A happy Hogmanay!!!!

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