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Hello everybody, I’m glad to be back with you. I’ve been gone a spell. Many people tell me I’m very lucky to still be here. I suppose that’s true. Over the past almost five months, I’ve been through some very bleak and discouraging times, but I’m on the road back.
First, I have to thank the doctors at Lewis Gale Medical Center. In the early morning hours of January 24 I guess they saved my life. I’d also like to think that just maybe the Good Lord wasn’t finished with me yet and has something in mind for me. I guess I’ll find out what that is.
In total, I was gone from home 122 days. It was without a doubt the toughest ordeal I’ve ever had to deal with in my 60 years, but thankfully I had lots of help.
I want to thank my family, particularly my mother and father who live in Dublin. They were there for me all the way. My mother can’t travel much anymore, but she called and we talked almost every day. After a while the nurses would bring me the phone and say it’s your mother. Her voice became that familiar. There were very few days that my father didn’t come and sit with me. He doesn’t show his emotions very often, and he always acted like everything was just fine, but I knew he was worried and it was obvious he cared very much for my welfare. It made me love him even more. Today is Father’s Day. Brenda is going to bake him his favorite chocolate cake, but Louis Callahan was never more of a father to me than he was the past few months. I’m lucky to still have both my parents at my age, and I thank God for that.
I also want to thank my three brothers and their families. Plus, I’m blessed to have some great friends. For all their concern, encouragement, and help, I don’t know how I can ever repay them. I’d like to name every one of them, particularly all the guys in the Touchdown Club, but I’d be afraid that I would leave somebody’s name out, and I wouldn’t want to do that. They know who they are, and I hope they know how much I appreciate them. I had numerous present and former football coaches, former Pulaski County players, and fans visit. I thank them all for caring. The rescue squad guys were top notch too.
Many times friends would have bedside prayer with me. That, along with a lot of other things, had a dramatic effect on my attitude. When this ordeal is completely over, I’d like to think I’m going to be a better person.
I’ll be forever grateful to my wife Brenda who was there all the way and had to shoulder a big load for too long, and my two sons Shane and Jason. I may never have been able to make it out of my home and to the hospital if not for Jason. Shane came home from Germany for two weeks, and helped the family. I only wish I could remember more of his visit, but during most of that time I was heavily sedated. I’m hoping he can make it back home this Christmas. I would love to spend more time with him.
I was in a medically induced coma for most of three weeks at Lewis Gale and I guess things weren’t looking so good, but then I got a break. I started coming out of it, and they finally sent me to Pulaski Health and Rehabilitation. It was as close to going back home as I could get at the time.
We all live in our own little world and I guess I had traveled up and down Route 11 hardly ever noticing Pulaski Rehab, located across the road from the hospital. The first time I went through its doors was when they wheeled me in on a stretcher.
I wasn’t worth much when I got there either. Probably wasn’t a very good patient. I wasn’t very coherent most of the time, was often confused, and had one of those bitter ‘why me’ type of attitudes. I likely wasn’t worth much more than a worn out dish rag.
But as difficult as I likely was, the fine people at Pulaski Rehab don’t give up, and with the help of family, friends, and the extraordinary people at Pulaski Rehab, and I’m talking about all the rehabilitation people, nurses, nurses assistants, and administrative staff as well, I could not have hoped for greater encouragement. That team would win the state championship every year.
As I improved and was able to finally move around and graduate to a walker and then to a cane, I became aware of what was going on at the clinic. I had no idea and quickly it was apparent to me that I had no reason to have a ‘why me’ type of attitude.
I truly feel sorry for so many of the patients at Pulaski Rehab, but I also enjoyed many of them as well, and I marveled at the work being done. It’s about improving the quality of life, and that’s what they do for so many patients.
I doubt there are many people in Pulaski County and the surrounding area that realize how fortunate we are to have such a super facility. The people at Pulaski Rehab don’t only know their jobs, but I genuinely felt they cared about my welfare. As time went on, I became very comfortable. I would recommend to anyone who needs such care to utilize Pulaski Rehabilitation. I don’t know what those talented and caring people make, but they should be paid double. To do the work they do, you must have a caring attitude about people. That attitude was like medicine to me.
I want to sincerely thank everyone at the clinic for allowing me to feel like I was a member of their family. I truly appreciate and admire every one of you, and I’m grateful for the great work you do.
I’d like to say hello to all of the fine people at Pulaski Health and Rehabilitation this morning. I’m doing fine. I haven’t forgotten you. I never will, and I’ll be by to visit real soon.

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People to thank

Hello everybody, I’m glad to be back with you. I’ve been gone a spell. Many people tell me I’m very lucky to still be here. I suppose that’s true. Over the past almost five months, I’ve been through some very bleak and discouraging times, but I’m on the road back.
First, I have to thank the doctors at Lewis Gale Medical Center. In the early morning hours of January 24 I guess they saved my life. I’d also like to think that just maybe the Good Lord wasn’t finished with me yet and has something in mind for me. I guess I’ll find out what that is.
In total, I was gone from home 122 days. It was without a doubt the toughest ordeal I’ve ever had to deal with in my 60 years, but thankfully I had lots of help.
I want to thank my family, particularly my mother and father who live in Dublin. They were there for me all the way. My mother can’t travel much anymore, but she called and we talked almost every day. After a while the nurses would bring me the phone and say it’s your mother. Her voice became that familiar. There were very few days that my father didn’t come and sit with me. He doesn’t show his emotions very often, and he always acted like everything was just fine, but I knew he was worried and it was obvious he cared very much for my welfare. It made me love him even more. Today is Father’s Day. Brenda is going to bake him his favorite chocolate cake, but Louis Callahan was never more of a father to me than he was the past few months. I’m lucky to still have both my parents at my age, and I thank God for that.
I also want to thank my three brothers and their families. Plus, I’m blessed to have some great friends. For all their concern, encouragement, and help, I don’t know how I can ever repay them. I’d like to name every one of them, particularly all the guys in the Touchdown Club, but I’d be afraid that I would leave somebody’s name out, and I wouldn’t want to do that. They know who they are, and I hope they know how much I appreciate them. I had numerous present and former football coaches, former Pulaski County players, and fans visit. I thank them all for caring. The rescue squad guys were top notch too.
Many times friends would have bedside prayer with me. That, along with a lot of other things, had a dramatic effect on my attitude. When this ordeal is completely over, I’d like to think I’m going to be a better person.
I’ll be forever grateful to my wife Brenda who was there all the way and had to shoulder a big load for too long, and my two sons Shane and Jason. I may never have been able to make it out of my home and to the hospital if not for Jason. Shane came home from Germany for two weeks, and helped the family. I only wish I could remember more of his visit, but during most of that time I was heavily sedated. I’m hoping he can make it back home this Christmas. I would love to spend more time with him.
I was in a medically induced coma for most of three weeks at Lewis Gale and I guess things weren’t looking so good, but then I got a break. I started coming out of it, and they finally sent me to Pulaski Health and Rehabilitation. It was as close to going back home as I could get at the time.
We all live in our own little world and I guess I had traveled up and down Route 11 hardly ever noticing Pulaski Rehab, located across the road from the hospital. The first time I went through its doors was when they wheeled me in on a stretcher.
I wasn’t worth much when I got there either. Probably wasn’t a very good patient. I wasn’t very coherent most of the time, was often confused, and had one of those bitter ‘why me’ type of attitudes. I likely wasn’t worth much more than a worn out dish rag.
But as difficult as I likely was, the fine people at Pulaski Rehab don’t give up, and with the help of family, friends, and the extraordinary people at Pulaski Rehab, and I’m talking about all the rehabilitation people, nurses, nurses assistants, and administrative staff as well, I could not have hoped for greater encouragement. That team would win the state championship every year.
As I improved and was able to finally move around and graduate to a walker and then to a cane, I became aware of what was going on at the clinic. I had no idea and quickly it was apparent to me that I had no reason to have a ‘why me’ type of attitude.
I truly feel sorry for so many of the patients at Pulaski Rehab, but I also enjoyed many of them as well, and I marveled at the work being done. It’s about improving the quality of life, and that’s what they do for so many patients.
I doubt there are many people in Pulaski County and the surrounding area that realize how fortunate we are to have such a super facility. The people at Pulaski Rehab don’t only know their jobs, but I genuinely felt they cared about my welfare. As time went on, I became very comfortable. I would recommend to anyone who needs such care to utilize Pulaski Rehabilitation. I don’t know what those talented and caring people make, but they should be paid double. To do the work they do, you must have a caring attitude about people. That attitude was like medicine to me.
I want to sincerely thank everyone at the clinic for allowing me to feel like I was a member of their family. I truly appreciate and admire every one of you, and I’m grateful for the great work you do.
I’d like to say hello to all of the fine people at Pulaski Health and Rehabilitation this morning. I’m doing fine. I haven’t forgotten you. I never will, and I’ll be by to visit real soon.

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