To Dr. Gehrke and His Crew:
I thought of you on the one-year aniversary of a ghastly (to me, anyway) leg injury. After slipping on the ice and fracturing my fibula, I called your office from 1,100 miles away, and was seen the very next day. Upon evaluation two weeks later, we discussed the pros and cons of surgical intervention versus more conservative management, and you convinced me that the former was in my best interest.
I had heard of "same day surgery" before, but this was quite literally Same Day Surgery; I was in surgery about five hours after my appointment. Four weeks later, I was walking without crutches, and regained pre-injury muscle strength in my injured leg about a month after that. I very slowly eased my way back into the running game, and was training for the Des Moines Marathon by June. As you can see, I crossed the finish line under my own power last October.
At the time of my injury, I thought things would never be the same; that despite optimal care, I'd be permanently injured to at least some degree. The reality is that from about four months post-op forward, anytime anyone would ask me about my leg, the answer would always be "it's like it never happened." The only physical reminder is one scar, which is pretty cool.
From the front door to the OR, and everywhere in between, I can't thank you and your team enough. You are rock stars, one and all.
Obviously, I hope I never again require your services, but if I do, I'm glad such a top-shelf team is right in my backyard.
With Deepest Gratitude,