Today I met a new patient who has allowed me to share a brief story and a snippet of his medical history here on this blog. His name is Mr. Carl Bogaard.
On January 9, 2012, Mr. Bogaard wrote a brief note to the Chicago Tribune that said simply:
"My family is treating me like a hero just because I am going to be 95 years old. How lucky can I be to have a family like that?"The letter was noticed by a local radio personality, Jonathan Brandmeier from WGN, who contacted Mr. Bogaard and learned that he performed 50 push-ups a day, every day. So he decided to invite him to a push-up competition. Take a moment to view Mr. Bogaard's YouTube video of his competition:
While this video is remarkable in its own right, there is a little something else you should know.
Mr. Bogaard has a permanent pacemaker that was implanted in 2009 for complete heart block and is completely dependent on his pacemaker for his heart to beat. Oh, and he really did 59 push-ups.
Now you know why I love my job.