Persistent pain from his shoulder injury coupled with the development of arthritis in the joint drove Hickey to seek help at Tidelands Health Orthopedics at The Market Common. After discussing the situation with his medical team, Hickey decided to undergo shoulder replacement surgery.
“The surgery was successful,” Hickey says. “And the recovery, while painful, is progressing nicely. Dr. Mark Rowley is an exceptional surgeon. I would nominate him for an award.”
Hickey’s appreciation for the medical care he received, as well as the work of health care providers in response to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, inspired him to pay tribute in another poem.
Taking the Pulse
New Orleans is at a standstill
New York is gripped with fear
LA has closed up shop
Chicago has sheltered in place
From state to state, city to city
The Town Crier has alerted the public
“Stay at home. Don’t come out.”
We need to stop the spread.
But in the midst of it all
Heroes emerge from the shadows
Doctors and nurses risk their own lives
To serve others and defend the country
These Silent Soldiers race to the Front
They give their all, then collapse
Drained from the battle
Exhausted from the fight
What can we say to these brave warriors?
How do we show our gratitude?
The simplest message may be the best
“Thank you. Thank you. We love you.”