Thursday, August 16, 2007

A Quiet Hero

Yesterday, at my father’s funeral, I hugged a quiet hero.

He was a quiet, humble, gentle man.

He had only known my father for one year, exactly.

This hero took the time to get to know him,

One who flew below the radar.

He was a man my father knew as “the quarterback,” and the consummate optimist, especially when he needed it most,

A man who told it like it was, always,

A man my father trusted with all his soul.

He was a man who helped my mother, held her hand, gave her strength, and still does, even now.

He was a man who took the time, even when there was no time.

And there he was, at the back of the church.

He entered quietly, without me knowing.

But when he left, we shed a tear, and hugged.

My hero,

Dad’s doctor.



Dr. Rob said...

Thank you, Wes, for sharing this all with us. You do him incredible honor by the way you talk about him. My deepest sympathy goes to you and your family.


rlbates said...

Hope you and your family are doing okay. It's not easy to lose a family member (know this too well).

Corrinne May said...

Dear Dr. Wes,

My condolences to you and your family. I'm sorry to hear about your dad's passing.

I just wanted to let you know also
that I feel very blessed to have discovered your blog, and your 'tutorial' on AVNRT and what to expect from the procedure.

I had my procedure done to correct my SVT due to AVNRT in March this year and it comforted me to learn more about my condition and how the cathether ablation would be before I underwent it.

I wanted to thank you for shedding the light on the procedure and thus helping me be emotionally prepared for my catheter ablation.

I blogged about my experience.
Feel free to read it at

Thank you for the work you do.
Thank you for sharing about your father.


DrWes said...

Corrinne -

Thanks for your kind words. You made my day...

Glad things worked out so well for you. I loved your catheter ablation post (especially those cool EP tracings!).

All the best-

Anonymous said...

Sorry to hear about your father. I lost my dad, Robert, when I was seven. I hope all is well and your family is finding peace.

Robert RN

Anonymous said...

This is a beautiful memorial to your dad and his caring physician. May we all aspire to be like this doctor. My sincere condolences on your dad's passing, Wes.

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry to read of your Father's passing. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.

Judy said...

Thank you for sharing your dad - and his doctor - with us.