Thursday, January 15, 2009
Close to Nowhere
Sue Watson is home from the hospital and doing well!
“Our” Sue went to the hospital with pneumonia on Christmas Day and it all went downhill from there. At least from her point of view.
After way more tests than she cared about and way more poking and prodding than she cared about, it was decided that she needed a triple bypass in the arteries around her heart.
The surgery was performed last Monday (Jan. 5) and after a spectacular recovery, she is at home, with her sister from Colorado visiting and helping out.
I really don’t know many people who have a bigger heart than Sue does.
She is the epitome of “soft touch” and will help anyone, anywhere, anytime, regardless of just about anything, if it is within her power to do so.
Sue has a constant smile and a wild crack of laughter frequently heard here in the office. I have missed hearing her laugh more than just about anything since she’s been gone.
My personal opinion is that she is somewhere around the genius level in intelligence. She’ll be mad at me, but she has a Ph.D. and had a very distinguished career as a research scientist. After that, she taught at a small college in Virginia, then at Rust College for several years before deciding to go into journalism.
Sue worked at the Tunica newspaper for several years, before coming to us. She is now such a fixture at our paper, that I cannot imagine what we did without her.
She is a talented gardener as well -- in the spring and summer we all eat well from her garden!
Somewhat of a loner, Sue is a solid part of our South Reporter family. And apparently, she is part of the Marshall County family as well!
We at the paper cannot go anywhere without at least one person asking how Sue is and telling us to let her know that she is in their thoughts and prayers.
She has asked me to pass on a message to her friends:
“I can’t tell you how much I appreciate the people who have called to ask about me and give encouraging comments, as well as the concerns, prayers and get well wishes.
I imagine when Sue is back at the paper, she will write her own “thank you.” I’ll be happy to donate this column space to her when that time rolls around.
Yes, Sue is doing fine. Yes, Sue will definitely be back here, doing what she does so well -- keeping Marshall County informed of what’s going on.
If you’d like to send Sue a card, you may do so c/o The South Reporter, P.O. Box 278, Holly Springs, MS 38635. We’re also happy to report on her condition, if you’d like to call us -- 662-252-4261.
Until then we can only say --
Hurry home Sue!
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