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Geisinger staff lauded for care

On May 22, my 28-year-old son was taken to the Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center emergency room by ambulance, complaining of chest pain and shortness of breath. Within 48 hours he was critically ill, in the intensive care unit on a respirator. No one knew what was preventing him from breathing, yet his condition was too unstable to transfer him to a larger facility.

We are thankful to the Geisinger Wyoming Valley ICU staff. Jeffrey got the best of care close to home. Special thanks to Drs. Sean Devine, Angela DiAntonio, Robert Yanoshak and countless others who spent many long days and nights with Jeff.

They were always there to talk with family, explain each step, test and outcome. They called on their resources around the country, trying to diagnose the problem.

Thank you to all the nurses who took exceptional care of him and the critical care nurses who would rub his back at night because it seemed to calm him and who would tell me to call anytime, we are here. They treated my son like he was their own son or brother.

Thank you also to the therapists who were constantly in monitoring the respirator or massaging and moving his limbs. Jeff was heavily sedated and bedridden for four weeks yet he had no skin breakdown or bedsores -- another tribute to the excellent care he received.

Thanks once again to the wonderful staff at Geisinger Wyoming Valley ICU for being the best. You are truly appreciated.

Fire department blesses family

Bessie Doughton and family would like to thank the Edwardsville Fire Department and Ambulance Association for the special tribute, kindness and support all of you showed during the recent passing of Shad Doughton Jr.

He portrayed a special love for the fire department and its personnel. In seeing the love, warmth, respect and dignity you all have for each other, it is easy to see why there would be that special bond. Firefighters and ambulance personnel are a special breed of people – the best.

We all take for granted how important the jobs are that you perform on a daily basis.

Shad was a special man who was so full of life. He also touched the lives of everyone he met. He would have been proud to see the special tribute you all gave to him. Everyone will sadly miss him.

God bless all of you and thank you for all you have done in reaching out and touching, not only Shad’s life, but ours as well. It is something we will long remember.

Trapped woman lauds rescue team

I write to express my deepest gratitude to the Wilkes-Barre Fire and Rescue team. My car was swept off the center city exit of the Cross Valley Expressway by the flash flooding that recently occurred.

I was trapped in my car as the water rose. At the urging of the 911 operator, I opened the moon roof (the battery still worked, thank God) and stood on the seat. Two strong men from the rescue team waded into the rushing water and pulled me to safety.

Other members were very attentive, allowing me to sit in one of their cars until I was taken to the North End Fire House, where those gentlemen were equally kind.

I offer my profound thanks to all those involved in the emergency on Thursday night. They are the reason I am here today.

TL hailed for aiding charities

Once again, The Luzerne Foundation applauds The Times Leader for their wisdom and insight by encouraging charitable giving this holiday season. Not only did they make excellent giving suggestions about area non-profits in a recent editorial, they highlight the importance about giving locally.

Sometimes unknowingly, well meaning donors make contributions to a national organization thinking their contribution may somehow benefit our local community. Most often times this is not the case.

To quote the final paragraph, “So as your mailbox gets flooded with financial appeals between Thanksgiving and year’s end, please choose wisely.”

The Luzerne Foundation is your community resource for charitable giving. If you have any questions or need some additional ideas of where there is a need, contact us. We would count it a privilege to assist you.

Thanks for aiding L-L play’s success

On Nov. 17 and 18, a unique project set sail at Lake-Lehman High School. The theater production of “Nauti Catch,” a senior project, written, produced, and directed, by my son Bryan Cardillo, and his classmate Keifer Moskaluk, was greatly received by our community.

The project began six months ago and ended with a generous donation of nearly $2,500 to the Alzheimer’s Association. The show was dedicated to the memory of Bryan’s grandfather, Michael Petresky, who succumbed to the disease in March at age 90.

During this season of giving thanks, I would like to thank all of you who supported this production, especially Mary Therese Biebel of the Times Leader, who did an amazing job of covering the event, in both the Times Leader and the Dallas Post.

She spent a significant amount of time interviewing the cast and capturing the purpose of the play. Also, thanks to our local Alzheimer’s Association, including all the help and coordination from Estella Parker-Killian and Pat Arcangeli. Their help was invaluable in making “Nauti Catch” the success it was.

Heart patient praises care

On Nov. 15, Dr. Joseph Stella and his team performed a double bypass surgery on me at Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre.

I am so grateful and thankful to them and all the nurses on C.C.U. and P.C.U. who were like my guardian angels taking care of me and watching over me.

I also would like to thank everyone else (too many names to mention) who stopped by to make sure that I was comfortable or if I needed anything. The care I received was beyond my expectations. I can honestly say that Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre is the best heart hospital in Wyoming Valley and Dr. Stella and his team the best heart surgeons.

God bless everyone who took part in my surgery and recovery.

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