Two Flight for Life flights from Steamboat in two years is bad luck. Frequent flier miles on that airline are to be avoided.
On Dec. 8, I was stricken with acute necrotizing pancreatitis after attending a Christmas party and staying in Steamboat at friend Bobby Bomeisel's house.
I was rushed to Yampa Valley Medical Center and clung to life for 4 days, until Dr. Kevin Borgerding made the decision to fly me out to St Anthony's in Denver. In a daring night flight at 1:30 a.m. in a small window of a big snowstorm, I was flown to Denver, for a 30-day ICU ordeal.
Citizens of Steamboat are truly blessed to have such great medical expertise and facilities in such a small city. I truly owe my life a couple times now to the big league medical talent of your town.
I want to also thank Paul Franklin, Bobby Bomeisel and Jeff Temple for their support of me and my family that was rushed to Steamboat. A special thanks goes to Bill Wheeler, who dropped everything, stayed days at the hospital, drove my family members through a blinding snowstorm and often came to Denver to support me and my family in my desperate hours. Bill once more proved what a true friend is all about.
Perhaps it takes a medical crisis of this magnitude to really distill what is truly important in life -- great, caring medical teams, the love and support of family and certainly, the care and concern of good friends.
I'm now left with a measure of good health and am looking forward to picking on those big Yampa River trout this spring.