Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Be thankful for what we have

3/5/2014

I would like to take this time to tell you of my experiences of our local town, Ottawa.

I recently had both of my knees replaced and have been off work for quite some time. Normally being quite active, I was confined to my house just south of town. Knee replacement surgery is painful enough, but both surgeries opened my eyes to a lot of things around Ottawa.

I would like to take this time to tell you of my experiences of our local town, Ottawa.

I recently had both of my knees replaced and have been off work for quite some time. Normally being quite active, I was confined to my house just south of town. Knee replacement surgery is painful enough, but both surgeries opened my eyes to a lot of things around Ottawa.

I received in-home health care for the first two weeks on both surgeries and the care I received was excellent. The registered nurse and the therapists who visited my home these first two weeks left quite an impression on me as far as their concerns for my health and professionalism they displayed. Even after two weeks with these ladies, I felt such a bond with them that I told them if they ever had car problems and they were around my home, to please stop and I would do whatever it took to help them.

These ladies were angels. I felt as though I could trust them and they really had my health concerns at the top of their list. These angels were like family to me.

After two weeks of in-home health care, I went to an outside health facility — the Gollier Rehabilitation Center in Ottawa. From my first evaluation with Bill Pfizenmaier to regular therapists — Holly and Megan — I found more people I considered to be very good friends. I always found their staff to be very friendly and professional. I started thinking, “Wow! We are so fortunate in a town the size of Ottawa to have a facility available that helps us with getting back to performing our regular duties whether in the work place or for those who are retired getting back to performing our regular duties pain free.”

I also started attending Ottawa High School and Ottawa University basketball games. I enjoyed watching our athletes, both men and women, competing as my present job doesn’t really allow me to go to many athletic events. I was impressed with the local community’s support of our fine athletes, as well as the support of the student body, especially on the high school level, where they gave their fellow students support. The band, cheerleaders and the dance team were very good.

As my health progressed, I felt a need to do something else for this community that I have only been a part of for about 11 years, and that was to volunteer at the Hope House. You talk about rewarding? The director, Mary Lois Yates, is an outstanding woman and I met some of the best volunteers who work there. These people do an amazing job helping those less fortunate and they were very helpful making me feel comfortable in working right along these people. I will never forget this beautiful group of people, which included Beverly, Carol, Pat, Shirlene and Peggy, as well as Eldon and Dick M. Volunteering alongside these people did wonders for my moods, as I looked forward to helping out others instead of sitting home feeling depressed and sorry for myself.

We are very fortunate to have the Gollier Rehabilitation Center and these excellent in-home care givers in our midst. It, for me, was very rewarding to go to athletic events and see our youth participate for our town, and the support they receive from the student body and the public was second to none.

In closing, I would recommend everyone be thankful for the resources we have right here in Ottawa. This down time for me has made me really feel like a part of the community. And I think my biggest reward was the Hope House, what great people they have.

People, I encourage all of you to be a part of our community and be thankful for what we have here. We really are blessed.

— Bob Oswald,

Ottawa

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