To the point week of 2-26-09

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FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO may have been in the Vevay Newspapers office during the past two weeks and wondered what was missing, you weren’t mistaken.

A big part of our newspaper has been absent.

Ginny Leap, the foundation of Vevay Newspapers for more than 40 years, proved that she was, indeed, human recently, and when a medical condition forced her to the hospital for some surgery, it also left a big hole here in our office.

Ginny had surgery last Thursday in Jeffersonville, and recovered enough to come home earlier this week. Although doctors are saying that her recovery time should be about six weeks, she’s already on the mend and as sassy as ever now that she’s back home.

While she does recover, Vevay Newspapers has been capably manned by Chastity Scudder, who agreed to fill in during Ginny’s recovery.

It’s sort of like pinch hitting for Babe Ruth or taking over for John Wooden, but things are going as smoothly as possible.

I don’t think Ginny would mind if I told you that her condition sheds light on a situation that many of us face at one time or another.

For a time she had felt like something wasn’t just right, and – in fact, she was feeling her heartbeat in her side, but not in her chest.

Like many adults, we all tend to brush off little conditions or oddities like that and dismiss them as nothing more than getting older, but as Ginny helped me discover – don’t ever take anything for granted.

She was seeing chiropractor Troy Smith a couple of weeks ago for a back adjustment when she decided that she’d just ask him if her out of place heartbeat was something to get checked.

After telling her that it was, she proceeded to see Dr. Frede here, who scheduled a CAT scan in Madison.

That led to the diagnosis that Ginny had an aortic aneurysm, a condition that needed to be surgically repaired before it burst.

That put her in Jeffersonville last Thursday, and home in her bed for the next several weeks after successful surgery.

I’ve known Ginny Leap for 25 years now, and if it’s possible to have a cranky, chain smoking grandmother as your best friend – then I guess I do.

She and I have been through a lot since May of 1984; and it was sobering to think of the situation she might have found herself in had she not drawn the courage to ask Troy about her strange heartbeat.

It’s a lesson that we all need to learn – don’t dismiss something out of fear.

National statistics show that most men with prostate cancer or colon cancer don’t find that they have it until it’s too late for treatment, and the main cause of that is that men feel “uncomfortable” with the procedures done to detect it.

Many women shy away from OB/GYN exams for the same reasons, and that uncomfortable feeling may just cost you your life.

On a daily basis we all have aches and pains and parts of us that just don’t feel right. We pop some aspirin and move on.

But you know your body.

If you think your body is saying “this isn’t a normal ache or pain”, then find the courage to go and have a doctor check it out.

A few minutes in the doctor’s office; and a few bucks for the office call; just might be the best time and money you’ll ever spend.

Ginny is recovering because she had the courage to simply ask a question.

We all should have that courage.

So try and be patient with all of us at Vevay Newspapers as we muddle through without our “rock”, and also take to heart the lesson that we all have learned over the past few weeks.