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Editor Thanks Readers, Others for Support During Recovery

A Column by the Editor
web posted March 19, 2014

COLUMN As many of you know, I have been suffering from an unknown infection to my legs and feet causing me to be hospitalized for nearly ten days and taking me completely out of service for a great portion of that time. Though I have been released from the hospital last week, I am still being treated by an Infectious Disease Specialist in Aiken and continue to heal.

I would like to take this time to thank our readers who have shown a tidal wave of compassion during this time sending get well cards, emails of encouragement, phone calls, hospital visits and most of all  the thousands of prayers lifted up for my return to good health.

It has been a very difficult time for myself and my family as the situation became very serious and no treatments seemed effective. I tried, as best as I could, to keep Edgefield Daily running when time permitted. I often felt as though I was failing you, the reader, when it may be days between updates even though information was available for publication. I was humbled by those who continued to read Edgefield Daily in my absence and encouraged me to take care of my health, assuring me they would be there when I returned.

In spite of several days without updates, statistics show a very minor drop in hits, visits and pages read each day.

My journey through this illness is not over and I remain in recovery, great strides have been made under the care of Dr. Gerald Gordon. I am trying to work part-time and will be seeking to return full time by the end of the week.

I would also like to thank Dr. Tami Massey and Dr. George Rainsford of the Edgefield Medical Clinic for their treatment efforts in the early stages of this illness. Together they made great strides in reducing swelling and the spread of the infection before my being transferred to another hospital.

The nurses and staff of the Edgefield County Hospital (ECH) were courteous, compassionate, professional and most of all understanding during my four and half days under their care. They kept me as comfortable as possible under the circumstances and were always available when needed.

I could not have asked for better treatment than I received at ECH. CEO Brandon Clary and his staff has made ECH a hospital Edgefield County can be proud to call our own. They should all be proud of what they have accomplished in serving the people of Edgefield County. I know I am proud of all of them.

Most of all I would like to thank my bride, Genia. Through all of this she has held the household together while working and serving the county as County Council Vice-chair, leaving my side to attend meetings during my first week in the hospital. I do not know how she did it, but I am proud of her dedication to myself, the family, her work and the county.

She was there when we had to have very stark discussions about my condition, always keeping our thoughts on a positive outcome in spite of the reality we faced early on.

Our youngest daughter Christin spent her entire Spring Break from USC-A driving me to appointments, helping me in and out of the wheelchair, which is not needed from this day forward. She's a very special young lady, and very happy I am now allowed to drive myself.

In closing, as I still continue to heal I am thankful for each of you, our readers. Edgefield Daily and our writers will continue to work hard to earn your valued readership and trust as Edgefield County's most widely read news outlet again this year as we enter our 10th year of service.







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