Saturday, April 25, 2015
4:00 – 7:00 PM At Elma Memorial Hall
$ 16.00 Per Person
Steaks are Cook to Order
Includes Onions & Mushrooms
Carry outs Available
Tickets Available at
Elma Bank or Elma Locker
Sue Miller 641-393-2412
OR AT THE DOOR
WHEN: MAY 2ND, 2015 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
WHERE: ELMA MEMORIAL HALL
WHY: Because SHOPPING is FUN!!!!!
A HOME-COOKED MEAL
WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR A SMALL FEE
Because We Care...
“Sometimes no matter how much you try to speak your heart out, words just aren’t enough to describe how you feel.”
Tuesday, March 30th, 2015 would prove to be the most precious day. The sun was warm, birds were singing, and I had a wonderful chat with my dad before he left to do some work at our Elma location. He was excited to finally get outside and enjoy doing what he enjoys most, yardwork. As I returned from lunch I received a phone call that sent my thoughts and emotions spiraling. All I heard on the phone was, “Liz, we have your dad and think he’s having a heart attack.” I don’t remember much of the conversation after hearing those words. When I arrived at the hospital in New Hampton, it was confirmed that he was having a heart attack and would be rushed to Mercy North Iowa for surgery. Before arriving in Mason City we were informed by a family friend that the cardiology team met my dad in the ER and he was already in surgery. Later that evening we were told that he experienced an acute heart attack that would continue to threaten his life for the next 24-72 hours. Moments after our arrival in ICU to see him alarms began sounding, his vitals dropped to almost nonexistence and he lost consciousness. My family was rushed out of the room as he went into cardiac arrest. He had suffered a hemorrhage shortly after his procedure. It would prove to be a long evening as his care team worked diligently to keep his heart beating...It never stopped! Throughout the following days we would hear more of the story and about the people who played a roll in his survival; from bystanders keeping him calm and providing him with oxygen before EMS arrived, the Emergency department in New Hampton moving so quickly to stabilize him enough to transport, Chickasaw Ambulance Service transporting him to meet the surgical team, the cardiologists and nursing staff who never gave up and to our communities who thought and prayed for us! Two weeks later my dad is home resting, and improving every day. It’s only because of the selfless and loving actions of a network of people that made it all possible. The gratitude that my family has for each and every person who contributed, in every capacity, is unspeakable and words will never be enough to say, “Thank you!”