To the editor:
I moved to Matlacha some 18 years ago and I am so glad I did. Recently I went for my fourth hip operation. What was a simple redo turned out to be a complicated one. The result was that I had femoral leg palsy. My right leg would just buckle out and it was as if I had no leg. With the hip operation it was a major concern for falling. I went from the hospital to Calusa Cove Rehabilitation. There I acquired a leg brace that contained metal supports, and learned to use a walker. After 23 days there I came home. In all of this I keep in mind that if it was not for modern medicine I would be wheelchair- or bed-bound.
At home I still use brace and walker. Physical therapy and home health come to visit. I do manage alone to do many things. I have acquired a real appreciation of those who have to always use these items. Just opening a door becomes a major event.
Most of all, I cannot thank all the people I have come to depend on for their help. Some are friends from Pine Island Art Association, Matlacha Hookers, Ladies of the Elks, bridge at St. James Civic and just friends. I do not know what I would have done without them. I cannot drive and it will be another month at the least before I am able.
I received some 47 cards. Didn't know I knew that many people. The Internet has helped. Somehow thanks to all of this, I do not feel alone, and that is a great feeling.