BLOG 29. Thanks For the Cards and Letters!
|Cliff: BWCA. Bell Yellowstone Solo Canoe|
On November 8, I suffered a heart attack, which doctors said rated about a 5 out of 10. Fortunately, my wife Susie got me to the River Falls, WI hospital within 30 minutes of the event and that is what saved my life. From River Falls, I was taken by ambulance to United hospital in St. Paul. There, they discovered that one of my arteries was 95 percent clogged; another, 85 percent. They put in two stents , plied me with pills and IV’s and kept me hospitalized for three days. I was released on Saturday and am back home now, a bit bewildered but smiling. On a side note, I must say that I was very impressed with United. Their care and treatment rates A+.
|Cliff and Susie|
|Segway tour, Minneapolis. It's not a canoe but it sure is fun!|
A nurse at the hospital was surprised to discover that there was nothing on my medical chart. “When were you last in the hospital?” She asked. “When I was 8,” said I. For 72 years I’ve been super-healthy so this set-back came as quite a shock. But there’s no fighting genetics—the men in my family have all died young from heart disease.
Tomorrow, I begin a re-hab program, which I will take very seriously. My hope is to attain my once youthful high-school weight of 128. Ah…if I could just get back the good looks! As I look back over the summer, and especially the late August BWCA Piragis canoe trip with Steve Johnson, I realize how lucky I am to have had this problem now, not then.
|Cliff: age 22 and 128 pounds. U.S. Army Gold Rifle Team, National champions, Camp Perry, Ohio 1964.|
Yes, this is an M14!
My plans are to canoe across the Everglades (about 130 miles) in January with my friends Larry Rice, Darrell Foss and Rob Kesselring. I should be in good shape by then, better, afterwards.
In closing, a HUGE thank you to all of you who wished me well through emails cards and calls. It has meant a lot. And my apologizes for missing some planned presentations during the week I was hospitalized.
I’ve always stressed that “skills are more important than things”. Now I’d like to add that good friends like you are much more important than either!
Best to you all and thank you again for your support and smiles.