Saturday, March 29, 2014
Major Life-Changing Events
The commemorative day is not well known. I am not surprised, with the way we were treated and how the country would prefer forgetting it.
It was a different country. That was driven home to me as a high school classmate (who had posted this clipart on her FB page) commented
"Thanks to everyone who served in Vietnam. I know it was virtually 100% of my graduating h.s. class in 1965."
More information about my service in Viet Nam can be found on my web site at: http://tomwinfield.com/army.html.
The last week of March in 2005 was a big week for me. That week I was in the University of Nebraska Medical Center Hospital. My roommate drove me to the hospital believing I had suffered a stroke. I had been sick for over 6 months but my doctors could not find out the cause.
About a day/night in the hospital, the ran several tests. My health started turning for the worse. I remember staff where going to take me for an MRI. Instead, I was rushed into surgery. I woke up with lots of tubes in me and a new (mechanical) heart valve.
One of my doctors later told me that it was emergency surgery and that they almost lost me. I don't remember the night I was admitted into the hospital - I was in there for about a week. One March 31st, 2005, I was release from the hospital and started the journey to recovery. Some friends call it my second birthday, I call it an anniversary.