L/CPL Robert J. Slattery, Marine Corps League Det #206, NEWSLETTER, Apr 2020 - #4
Commandant's Corner

Date: Saturday, March 14, 2020 4:12 PM

To all Slattery Detachment Members, family and friends.

It has been two months since I last attended a Detachment meeting. As most of you know I had to have open heart surgery in February. I went to the hospital on 3 February as I could not shake a cough from what I though was pneumonia since the end of December. It turned out I had congestive heart failure and I was diagnosed with Critical Aortic Stenosis and had to have open heart surgery.

I was operated on 10 February and they had to replace my aortic valve with a bovine valve. I was in the hospital for 12 days and released four days after surgery on Saint Valentine's Day, 14 February. To say I was shocked would be putting it mildly. I was fit, healthy, ate right, worked out, never smoked, quit drinking 28 years ago. I was close to the big one happening and had I pushed myself a little too much at the gym or around the house, well we know what could have happened. Thank God we had no snow storms the past few months.

I had a stress test this past Friday and passed with flying colors. I willstart cardiac rehab 3x a week next week. I am currently taking a few medications, wearing a life vest for 90 days and if all goes OK, I will be at the April meeting.

As Men and Women, we seem to take better care of our cars than we do with our bodies. Every 3-4 months, every 3-4,000 miles we take our cars in for an oil change whether our car needs it or not. With our bodies, too many of us only go to the doctor when something hurts. Sometimesthat can be too late. A word to all Detachment members, family and friends: Take note, make an appointment to see your doctor for checkups and let them catch something before it becomes an issue.

I want to thank allof the Detachment Members and friends who visited me in the hospital or at my home the past month. I would also like to thank all of you who prayed for me, called or texted me and wished me well and a speedy recovery.

My son and daughter posted comments on Facebook with what was going on with me in the hospital or at my home. All of your comments meant a lot and was very much appreciated by me and my family.

I'll end this and wish all of you a Happy Saint Patrick's Day whether you are Irish or not, or would like to be, even if it's for a day.I hope to see most of you at the next meeting,which is Wednesday 1 April, April Fools Day.

Top of the Morning to You,

Semper Fi,

Neas Out

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