Sandy and I just had our last annual physical with Dan on 02-27-18. He retired the next day. We began going to Dan in 1989 when we moved from Fayetteville to NLR with SW Bell. He was referred to us by our friends John and Pam Andrews. His nurse, Denise, got very forceful with me in 2014 which led to early detection of cancer. I truly believe many people would stick around longer to make more memories with their family if they have a Dan and Denise in their lives.
As you read Dan’s farewell, notice a life of service to others. Also notice this. So many of us sit around and complain about Healthcare but Dan is not Healthcare. He is a person with a servant’s heart that has cared for thousands over four decades. In his farewell, he did not even drift towards the negatives, he remained true to the positives and advancements in medicine. That’s why he has cared for Sandy and I for nearly three decades.
What will we write someday? Will it be a story and legacy of positives or will it be a story of whining, moaning and complaining? It all comes down to our choices. Best wishes to Dan in the next chapter of his story.
After 44 yrs as a family physician in Little Rock, my wife Pat and I (4 dogs!) are retiring to Clinton, AR. Our cabin sits on a hill with 23 acres looking across the rolling Boston Mountains (foothills of the Ozarks).
It’s been a very satisfying career with a multitude of changes and we’re ready to kick back and relax! Office call back then was $6 and there were no CT scans, MRI’s, ultrasounds, laser or robotic surgeries, arthroscopic or laparoscopic surgeries, arteriograms with stents, or joint replacements. No organ transplants were available. Very few drugs were available for hypertension, diabetes, arthritis, severe infectious diseases or cancer (none for high cholesterol). All records were written (no dictation systems).
“Taking call” meant staying at home by your phone as there were no cell phones to allow one to go watch one’s child in school activities that particular night. HIV wasn’t known then and hepatitis B or leukemia was a death prognosis (now possibly curable). No trauma centers were in Arkansas where the trauma surgeons were on site in the hospital rather than being called at home. No limbs were reattached. .
“Premies” born too early rarely survived. And, the list goes on….Children I saw back then are grandparents now (I have one grandson, Indiana Dillard, age 2 in Seattle but another grandson coming in 2 months- – -it’s a late start as a grandfather but aren’t they wonderful and precious! My 2 sons (Daniel Jr and Case) are in their 30’s. I truly appreciate my family, classmates, friends, and neighbors over these many years and wish everyone only the best in the future!! – Danny (Dr Dan) Dillard
Best wishes and thank you for a life of service Dan Dillard,