April 3, 2014
continues his recovery
Marshall County Sheriff Kenny Dickerson is recuperating at Alliance Hospital, where he is receiving physical therapy.
The sheriff thanked the community for the hundreds of cards and emails wishing him well and for the banners and other ways individuals and school children have helped to cheer him up.
In his first interview, since he was involved in an automobile accident in Byhalia Saturday, March 8, the sheriff said the accident came closer to taking his life than any other dangerous situations he has found himself in over his 40 years of law enforcement.
“I’m taking it a day at a time; that’s all I can do,” Dickerson said.
“I couldn’t count the hundreds of names on cards. All the schools are sending banners and get well wishes and best wishes. I am thankful to them and other citizens. The calls were overwhelming in number.
“It was a close one for me in 42 years of law enforcement. I’ve been in shootouts, a house fire. This is my closest call. It almost took me out.”
The sheriff thanked first responders and law enforcement personnel, “who did an outstanding job keeping me stable” while he was removed from his automobile and airlifted to the Memphis Med.
“I could have been paralyzed the rest of my life,” he said. “It made the difference.”
Dickerson returned to Holly Springs on Tuesday of last week where he is undergoing treatment at Alliance. He praised the hometown hospital for the care he is receiving and his physical therapist, Ethel Thompson, Dr. Kenneth Williams’ sister.
He said there is good food and plenty of it. He has gained about five or six pounds back since the accident, he said. The physical therapy involves walking and riding a bicycle, and soon he will attempt the treadmill, he said, as he regains some strength. He is taking breathing treatments for his lungs which were crushed during the accident.
He learned from Thompson that his right shoulder is dislocated. He said the shoulder will have to wait on more critical issues to get better, such as the vertebra in his neck.
“It helps so much to be in a place of such outstanding nature to get well,” Dickerson said.
Another advantage is not having to travel out of town for therapy. And he is close by so deputies can consult about work. And the department heads can easily get in touch with the sheriff for any concern they may have.
Dickerson said right now his recovery consists of a balance between working out and rest and a good diet.
The sheriff praised the caregivers at Alliance for giving him an opportunity to soak in a tub of hot water, the first bath he had since his accident.
“A good warm bath in a tub, you just can’t imagine how relaxing it was,” he said.
Next week he goes to have follow-up tests at Semmes-Murphy Clinic to see how his injuries are healing.
The sheriff said he is uncomfortable having to lie face up in bed and being unable to turn much to the left or the right. But he is more comfortable now than initially when he was in intensive care at the trauma center at The Med, where Dickerson said he also received great care.
He expressed gratitude for all the prayers that have been offered up on his behalf and for Dr. Williams, who he said comes by to check on him daily. The hospital staff members are outstanding, he said.
“It is unbelievable what a good job they do and how much of a difference it makes to get therapy here,” the sheriff said.
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