Have you ever received a second chance? Well, on April 14, I received a big one. It was on that Saturday my life was put into the capable hands of Dr. Fakhri Salem and the surgical staff of Scripps Mercy Hospital. They performed successful double bypass surgery and gave me my second chance.
Equally important was the excellent local doctors who found my problem in time for me to get my second chance, Dr. Suliman and cardiologist Dr. Palakodeti. Recovery from surgery is always made better when you have the support and prayers of so many friends. Thank you to Donna Dearmore and my Niland area friends, my fellow supervisors, county staffers and departments, my friends at the Sheriff's Office, Theresa Bonillas, Chuck and Rosemary Jernigan, my family members, Ken and Louise Wyatt (my parents), Kari and Jeremy (my children), and my greatest friend and help, my wife, Dorothy.
With great medical help, terrific friends, loving family and God's watchful eye, my second chance is going to be a great one. To all who have sent cards, flowers or have helped or prayed, thank you. It truly is great to be back and to be healthy.