Letter from the Editor: How’s your health? | June 2011

When it comes to our health, sometimes it just takes one little thing to remind us how much we tend to take it for granted. A wimpy head cold can leave us reeling for days. After a couple of days of that, the ability to breathe easily is a newfound joy.

When it comes to our health, sometimes it just takes one little thing to remind us how much we tend to take it for granted. A wimpy head cold can leave us reeling for days. After a couple of days of that, the ability to breathe easily is a newfound joy.

But sometimes it’s a big thing. And it can have a much more long-lasting impact. Like finding out after a routine medical screening that your heart is a ticking time bomb — and that you easily could have dropped dead at any second over the past several years.

“Those are the ones that people walk across the street and drop dead — a widow maker,” said Dr. George “Skip” Seese, cardiologist.

He was referring to what could have happened to his patient and friend, Bob Ramsay, just weeks ago. In our cover story this month, you’ll meet Ramsay and hear his incredible story of survival, sparked by the basic screening that he walked into seemingly healthy. A whirlwind 48 hours ensued for Ramsay and his family, as detailed by reporter Benjamin Duer.

I met Ramsay just a few weeks after his scare and I couldn’t help but be amazed. Knowing what he came through, I expected to find someone a little more frail. I never would have guessed he was so gravely ill just a short time ago.

“I think I was fortunate,” the former football coach says.

It’s almost comical to hear it put with such understatement. But he knows what a big deal it was, and he doesn’t take his renewed health for granted.

And neither should we.

Even if it’s only because we were able to get through our wimpy head cold.

About Your Home

As a homeowner, I know how quickly the projects can pile up. And something about the warm-weather months makes us feel the need to get things done.

We asked local experts to tell us “how to” tackle several home projects from your “to do” list: Organize your garage, upgrade your landscaping, start a garden, create a home office, choose a contractor and maintain home value.

Our experts help to break down an ambitious list of projects to give you the best advice for getting through them quickly and easily.

I think my “honey-do” list just got a little longer.

Best,
Darla A. Brown