I wanted to
publicly thank my family, the Van Horne Jewelers’ staff, and our customers for
their great support during my recent ten-day hospital stay.
It all started
Thanksgiving morning when I went mountain biking with my son Ben and Van Horne
Jewelers’ goldsmith Kevin Smith at Rum Village. The ride started with
great excitement. Ben was in the lead, I followed, and Kevin picked up the
pieces. We had not made it down the trail for more than five minutes when I had
my first wipe-out after sliding on wet leaves while turning a corner.
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Despite such an
early wipe-out and less than ideal conditions, we went on to circle the whole five
mile loop twice. Ben navigated the entire course without a single wipe-out.
Kevin had three wipe-outs, one of which sent him flying over the handlebars. I
faired even worse with seven wipe-outs, including one in which I thought I may
have cracked my ribs.
After that I was
in some pain, but not so much that I felt the need to go to the hospital. I had
some pain killers from prior surgeries and figured that I could wait it out
(huge mistake). After two days, the pain had not gone away and it was getting
to the point that the pain killers didn’t totally handle the pain, so I finally
decided that I should get it checked out.
I went to Med-Point
and after the doctor examined me he quickly surmised that I needed to head to
the hospital. I checked into the ER at Memorial
There, they found that I had a collapsed lung and three cracked ribs. They
drained the lung and I started to recover, but then the lung started to fill
again. Because I had delayed in coming in and due to the unusual result of my
accident, their diagnosis had been thrown off. Their further inspection found a
cut in a minor artery and a ruptured diaphragm, and they immediately got me
into surgery to make repairs.
I spent the next eight
days recovering and unfortunately had to miss our open house sale. Thanks to
the great staff at Van Horne and our customers, though, we were still able to
have a record open house, and a great start to December.
I wish to thank
Dr. Mark Thompson, Dr. Charles Lamb and Dr. Gerard Duprat for keeping me around
for my family and my extended family at Van Horne Jewelers. Thanks also to our almighty God for sparing
me once again.