I think that I am living proof that prayers do work. I was about as close to death as one could get without actually dying. My doctors call me the "miracle man."
I can tell you a couple of stories that happened to me while I was in my coma that made me realize that we actually do have a spirit! I know that there is life after death and I am no longer afraid of dying.
I received over 500 get well cards from people all over the area and from other states. Almost all of them said they were praying for me. About 30 percent of these cards came from people I did not know, but those people were still praying for me. To all of you, I want to say THANK YOU! To all of the people that may not have had the money for a card but still kept me in their prayers, THANK YOU!
To the staff at Port Huron Hospital, words cannot express my gratitude to all of you that took care of me; from the moment I arrived in the Emergency Room until the day I was discharged. The staff in the Intensive Care Unit did a marvelous job in working with me and bringing me back to health. From the head administrator and the head of media relations to the cleaning people, you treated me and my family with dignity and respect. It will never be forgotten. THANK YOU!
To the staff at Mercy Hospital, your Rehabilitation Unit is the best! When I arrived at your hospital I was walking about 100 steps before I had to sit down. One week later I was walking all over the place and the Rehabilitation Specialists had done such a good job on me that I was able to go home to continue with my rehabilitation. THANK YOU!
Last, but not least, the biggest THANK YOU goes to all of the doctors that worked on my, especially my surgeon Dr. Boutt. Without your expertise I would have died.
I want everyone to know that I am working hard in my rehabilitation to get well again. I feel that I am getting stronger every day. I am still walking with a cane. I have four therapists that work with me every week, and they are all determined to make me well. They are very good at what they do.
I asked one of my doctors when I could go back to work. He reminded me that I don't have the flu! None of my doctors or therapists will even guess as to when I might be able to return to work. Everyone says to take one day at a time and concentrate on getting well and the rest will take care of itself.
Believe me when I say I hate not being able to work; it kind of drives me nuts. I love my job and will have everlasting love for the people of Capac.
I still can't drive and my wife must be with me 24 hours a day, seven days a week. She watches me like a "Hawk!" She has been a real trooper through this whole ordeal.
Please keep me and Vickie in your prayers. I pray that I will be able to return to work. If, for some reason I cannot come back to work, then God will have a plan for me to follow and I will follow it.
Again, thank all of you so much for everything you have done.
Chief Raymond C. Hawks, Mussey Twp.
September 10, 2008