Man extends thanks after surgery

Aug. 5, 2014 at 11:42 a.m.

Editor, the Advocate:

A few weeks ago, I had heart bypass surgery at Citizens Medical Center. The care I received was excellent. The Surgical Intensive Care Unit and the second-floor nurses in the cardiac unit were dedicated, professional and caring.

As I went through the healing process, I pointedly asked each caregiver if they were a Christian. Invariably, each of them answered yes. I then asked them to pray for me, and again the response was a gracious yes. These caregivers were food service, housekeeping and nurses.

I know in this day and time that it is not politically correct to ask employees personal questions regarding their faith, yet the answers from each person gave me hope that promoted a deep sense of comfort for me. I truly believe it enhanced the progress of my recovery. I will not be able to pass Citizens Medical Center without thinking of it as the hospital with a soul!

Special thanks go out to Pastor Glen Moore of Lifeway Baptist Church in Cuero and our church family. They went above and beyond the call of outreach to my family with their prayers, food, encouragement, etc. They helped with plumbing problems, computer problems, lawnmower adventures and water softener woes. In other words, they assisted my wife in keeping things afloat.

I extend gratitude to casual strangers, old friends, the neighbors in Mission Valley, my sons-in-laws, my dear children and especially my wife, Jane, who was by my side the entire time.

May God bless each of you!

Les Blanchett, "7X," Mission Valley



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