As many of my readers know, I had a heart attack and subsequent quadruple bypass surgery about a 18 months ago.
Since I freelance for the Berthoud Surveyor newspaper, I had a chance to write a column about my recovery. I was surprised that it won third place (class 2 circulation) at this year’s Colorado Press Association awards.
I’ll take pain management for $100, Alex
Guest Columnist Bob McDonnell
So, there I was crammed into a hospital bed that felt about the size of my granddaughter’s youth bed. I was in a room in the intensive (expensive) care unit after having my chest sawed and cracked and my heart re-plumbed.
At the pre-surgery orientation, I was asked to estimate my tolerance for pain. Being a guy, I proudly said six or seven out of ten. Later, that all changed as my foggy brain realized what my old body had just endured.
Somehow, lying there in my ever-so-fashionable hospital gown (the same design I had almost 60 years earlier when my tonsils were removed) with tubes coming out of places where I didn’t know tubes could be, I thought about the television quiz show Jeopardy. Yes, Jeopardy.