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The Henry Swan Papers

Title:
Letter from Clarabell Presley to Henry Swan pdf (1,136,758 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Letter from Clarabell Presley to Henry Swan
Description:
On October 19, 1954, Presley, then a 34 year old mother of two, had her atrial septal defect repaired by Swan. She had a third child several months after the first anniversary of this life-changing surgery. She sent Swan an update each year on that anniversary from 1955 to 1995. Presley died in 1996, over 40 years after Swan repaired the defect.
Item is handwritten.
Number of Image Pages:
2 (1,136,758 Bytes)
Date:
1979-10-19 (October 19, 1979)
Creator:
Presley, Clarabell
Recipient:
Swan, Henry
Rights:
Reproduced with permission of Janet DeFelice.
Exhibit Category:
Learning from the Lungfish: Studies of Hiberation, 1963-1988
Relation:
Metadata Record Letter from Clarabell Presley to Henry Swan (October 19, 1993) pdf (880,166 Bytes) transcript of pdf
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Metadata Record Letter from Clarabell Presley to Henry Swan (October 19, 1989) pdf (666,951 Bytes) transcript of pdf
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Metadata Record Letter from Clarabell Presley to Henry Swan (October 19, 1983) pdf (829,212 Bytes) transcript of pdf
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Metadata Record Letter from Henry Swan to Clarabell Presley (December 12, 1979) pdf (75,518 Bytes) ocr (2,445 Bytes)
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Metadata Record Letter from Henry Swan to Clarabell Presley (November 8, 1974) pdf (36,591 Bytes) ocr (1,059 Bytes)
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Metadata Record Letter from Clarabell Presley to Henry Swan (October 27, 1974) pdf (548,854 Bytes) transcript of pdf
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Metadata Record Letter from Henry Swan to Clarabell Presley (October 26, 1959) pdf (56,046 Bytes) ocr (1,098 Bytes)
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Metadata Record Letter from Clarabell Presley to Henry Swan (October 19, 1959) pdf (88,084 Bytes) ocr (805 Bytes)
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Metadata Record Letter from Clarabell Presley to Henry Swan (October 19, 1955) pdf (1,756,252 Bytes) transcript of pdf
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Box Number: 12
Folder Number: 30
Unique Identifier:
HPBBLL
Document Type:
Letters (correspondence)
Language:
English
Format:
application/pdf
image/tif
Physical Condition:
Good
Series: Surgical Records, 1940-1996
SubSeries: Private Patients, 1944-1996
Folder: M-Z [photographs], 1946-1996
Transcript:
Oct 19, 1979
Dear Dr Swan,
Once again our anniversary has rolled around, but this is a big one. It is 25 years today since my surgery. Sometimes it seems like it was only a couple of years ago, but then, I think of all the wonderful living and the full life that is crammed into the years and it seems like far more than 25 years.
For the first time I can't say that I doing fine and have no problems. Last spring I started having some hypertension. I was put on Dyozide and my B.P. was pretty well controlled. I really had no problems until Aug 30th when I experienced some chest pain and nausea, which I didn't associate with my heart. It felt like my clothes were too tight and I definitely have put on weight through the years. I feel fine the next morning and went on to work as usual. Shortly after lunch I had the same pain only much more severe. Since I am secretary for the emergency room doctors, went to E.R. and before I knew it I was in C.C.U. Dr. Richter suggests
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you might be interested in what actually happened, so I ask my doctor (Dr. Stephen Peskoe) for a copy of my records which are enclosed. Dr. Richter said he would be interest in your opinion as to whether the enlarged R ventrical has any connection with what happened. I have been home resting for 7 weeks and feel pretty good once again. Monday I am starting back to work 4 hours a day. I don't have any chest pain or pressure and still get an occasional headache from the Nitrol bid[?] paste.
Dr. Richter is retired now but we keep in touch, and I still rely on his adivse[sic]. He ask to be remembered to you, and was interested in hearing what you are doing these days. Also, we both would like to be remembered to Dr. Blount.
Although I have been showed down recently, I feel its still a great life, and I
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have been blessed with a wonderful family, with 5 of the greatest grandchildren. I still travel a lot, and will be happy to get back to my job.
I look forward to hearing from you and what's new in your life.
First I thank the good Lord then secondly you for the past 25 years.
Affectionately,
Clarabell Presley
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