my Doctor died

valentine lady
By valentine lady Latest Reply 2015-02-15 22:31:08 -0600
Started 2015-02-08 19:19:12 -0600

I had almost decided not to do this until I found out my Dr. left a great deal of money to the ADA after his death. Let me explain. Last Wednesday my Internal
Medicine dr. was killed in a small plane crash. He was the pilot and alone. It was a tragic accident and a great loss. He was an advocate for diabetes and worked closely with the ADA. He dx. me and helped me get off the medication he put me on. I was his patient for 13 years and I miss him terribly. This is but a small tribute to him and to express my sense of loss for him.Thank you for listening.

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39 replies

Chopstix 2015-02-12 12:29:36 -0600 Report

My condolences and sympathies to you. I lost mine a few years ago. He actually understood what the body goes through while driving for a living. He also listened. Best of luck in finding a suitable replacement and remember if you don't feel comfortable keep looking. Again, my condolences and sympathies…

valentine lady
valentine lady 2015-02-12 17:24:23 -0600 Report

Hi chopstick
Its has been awhile since I last heard from you. Glad to see your back. Thank. you for your condolences. It means a great deal to me. Your right, finding a new dr. is awful. They selected a dr. for me of sorts. They gave me al choice of 4 Dr's. I chose the one that worked out of my hospital. We haven't actually met yet but will next week. So until next
week I don' know much. Other than he renewed one of my
medications. I'm moving in 5 month or sooner back to Las Vegas. NV. If he's worth his salt I'll keep him until I move. All is up in the air at this point. Need to go. Hope to hear from you again soon. Hugs, VL

rhett t
rhett t 2015-02-10 16:07:50 -0600 Report

I am so sorry for your loss. Know how you feel cause I loss our family dr. last year. your doctor will live on with ADA

valentine lady
valentine lady 2015-02-10 20:16:18 -0600 Report

Hi Rhett,
Thank you so much for your sentiment. I'm so sorry about your Dr.. I'm glad you know the feeling.. Feels good to know
I'm not alone in my pain, you understand. Your so right, Dr. Rice will live on through the ADA. Hugs to you and yours,VL

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2015-02-09 22:25:16 -0600 Report

Hi Valentine Lady, I am so sorry to hear this! That really is a tragedy. It's so wonderful that he left this gift to the ADA. His dedication and compassion will live on, through patients like you that he helped and through this organization. What a legacy!

GeekonBoard 2015-02-09 19:16:43 -0600 Report

I'm so sorry for your loss. It sounds like he was a wonderful doctor to you & wonderful friend to the diabetic community.

valentine lady
valentine lady 2015-02-10 09:10:48 -0600 Report

Hi Geekonboard,
Now that's a mouthful. But I doubt your a geek. You seem to be a very caring compassionate person and I appreciate all you said to me about my Dr. He was very knowledgeable
and supportive in our fight for diabetes. Thank you so much. Hugs, VL

debcox 2015-02-09 18:43:14 -0600 Report

It is so difficult finding a good doctor. I'm sorry for your loss.

valentine lady
valentine lady 2015-02-10 12:03:30 -0600 Report

Hi Deb,
It is very difficult to find a new dr. They sort of picked one for me. They gave me a choice of 4. Only 1 works out of my hospital so I chose him. Its mostly for medication management.and maybe a sniffle. My diabetes is well managed thanks to Dr. Rice and my endo. If I do run into a problem I do have my endo. Thank you for the sentiment about my loss. It will take awhile to get over this. Hugs,VL

lorlee 2015-02-09 12:36:28 -0600 Report

That's terrible and such a loss, not only for you but for many diabetic! Great to see such dedication and passion from a health care professional.

valentine lady
valentine lady 2015-02-10 12:08:06 -0600 Report

HI Lorlee,
Thank you for your sentiment and it was pure passion and dedication from him to gain the heights he gain in the diabetes community. Thank you again. Hugs,VL

tabby9146 2015-02-09 08:40:04 -0600 Report

I am sorry for your loss. he sounds like he was a really good doctor and person. I can't imagine losing my primary physician. I know her personally and grew up around her family, all of us attending the same school and church. My prayers for his family.

valentine lady
valentine lady 2015-02-10 12:16:16 -0600 Report

HI Tabby,
I can tell you it's horrible to loose someone you depended on, argued with, and still left smiling. He listened to what you had to say. He truly listened. My heart breaks for his family, he left a wife and 2 very young babies. I feel for my community, we're all still in shock. I pray that you have a long,happy relationship with your dr. She sounds like a treasure. Hugs, VL

GabbyPA 2015-02-09 08:06:21 -0600 Report

Oh, my. That is a huge loss to so many. I hope he trained some other doctors to be as mindful as he was.

valentine lady
valentine lady 2015-02-10 12:23:39 -0600 Report

Dear Gabby,
Thank you for your thoughts. It has been a great loss to so many. As a matter of fa t he trained's and Nurse Practitioners specifically in diabetes care. I understand he worked with the dr. I'm taking as well. We shaunderstanDing you again for your concern. It meant a lot to to me. Hugs,VL

jayabee52 2015-02-09 02:23:47 -0600 Report

Howdy Sweetness
We've talked about this earler once you got the news and you shared it with me. I still wish to convey my deepest sympathy to you and to his family.

Blessings to you.

valentine lady
valentine lady 2015-02-10 12:35:22 -0600 Report

HI Babe,
I know we talked about this at great length and so was.surprised to see you here. That just shows me what a warm, loving man you are. Thank you so much…I love you, P

handmashed 2015-02-09 02:04:57 -0600 Report

Heart breaking news! VL, I am sad that you have lost such a valuable member of your health care team, Our loss is Heaven's gain, one day we will all be together again. Be kind to yourself, and know that we are in this together.

valentine lady
valentine lady 2015-02-10 13:35:05 -0600 Report

Hi debs,
I try to remember he's now in heaven and we will meet again.
But right now it's hard. They buried him today. It's over. Now time for all of us to pick up the pieces and go on. He may be gone but certainly not forgotten. Pray for his family
they need that now. As far as I was concerned he was the head of my health care team. Even though I have an endo
Dr. Rice surely took the lead. Thank you for your condolences. Hugs,VL

lilleyheidi 2015-02-09 00:00:36 -0600 Report

Dear Valentine Lady,
How horrible for you and your community. I'm so sorry to hear of this great loss. It is so good of him to leave to the ADA. I hope the funds go to good use. Blessings to you. HUGS, Heidi

valentine lady
valentine lady 2015-02-10 13:45:02 -0600 Report

HI Heidi,
Thank you for mentioning the funds he left to the ADA. That was important to me. I knew he was an advocate for diabetics everywhere. As well as a spokes person. But to help the ADA is so important. It could go to help find a cure for this dreaded disease. I know I get letters from the national Cancer research and all the others but never Cromer the ADA.
So it was wonderful he remembered the ADA. Hugs, VL

RebDee 2015-02-08 23:18:17 -0600 Report

Sorry for your loss VL. Now comes the hard part, finding a new doctor.

valentine lady
valentine lady 2015-02-10 13:51:02 -0600 Report

Hi RebDee,
As I have already expressed to some of the others a dr. was sort of chosen for me. I got to pick from 4. I chose the dr. who works out of my hospital. If he's okay I'll just keep him.until
I move back to Las Vegas to be with James. Thank you for your condolences. It meant so much. Hugs, .VL

sweetslover 2015-02-08 21:42:38 -0600 Report

I am sorry to hear of this loss to your community and to you personally. A good relationship between a doctor and patient is a special bond. Prayers to everyone.

valentine lady
valentine lady 2015-02-09 09:08:57 -0600 Report

Hi Sweetslover
Thank you so much for your kind condolences. He'll be sorely missed by our community, me but mostly his family. I send prayers to them as he left a young family and a young marriage of only 5 years.

robertoj 2015-02-08 20:29:40 -0600 Report

Sounds like a great man and a great doctor. A terrible loss.

valentine lady
valentine lady 2015-02-09 09:15:47 -0600 Report

Thank you Roberto. He really was a great man not just to me but to many. He dx. me as a diabetic saw me through. When things got bad he picked my endo for me and sent me there. He also weaned me off the meds for diabetes he put me on.
He meant a lot to me. Thank you for listening. Hugs, VL

33suz 2015-02-08 19:39:40 -0600 Report

What lovely sentiments you shared about your doctor. I can understand the loss as I have been with my primary physician for 18 years. I don't know what I would do without her. I hope you are able to find a new doctor who will help you stay healthy.

valentine lady
valentine lady 2015-02-08 21:56:11 -0600 Report

Hi suz
Thank you for your warm thoughts and making Dr. Rice's memory more real to me. I think I'm still in shock. Hugs,VL

Cherokeemaiden 2015-02-08 19:39:31 -0600 Report

I am so sorry to hear this. Prayers to to his family and to you in this loss. It is so hard to find a good doctor that will work with you and whom you trust. Will be praying that you will find another one that will meet your needs. Hugs

valentine lady
valentine lady 2015-02-08 22:16:49 -0600 Report

Hello my friend, Cherokeemaiden
Thank you for the lovely thoughts you conveyed concerning
my dr. He was s great man. Kind, warm and thoughtful. He did tell me I was a diabetic and left it up to his Nurse Practitioner to explain. It to me. But in 13 years I suppose one is entitled to one mistake. LOL. They already assigned me new dr. to cover my I need them. I got to pick from 4 dr.'s. I picked the one who worked out of my hospital. suppose I'll keep him until I move back to Las.
Vegas. Unless he'he's a real putts. I don' t know about trust
though. My heart dr. Committed suicide 2 years ago. It's hard to trust again after all this. Hugs, VL

allied gardens
allied gardens 2015-02-08 19:31:29 -0600 Report

I am so sorry, my heart goes to out to you and his family.

valentine lady
valentine lady 2015-02-08 23:24:31 -0600 Report

Hi allied gardens
Thank you for your gift of understanding. I worry for h[s
bbfamily. He has 2 small children and I mean small. 1 and 3 yo. He had only been married for 5 short years. Your wish of condolences will mean so much to his family as well as me.

Beach Betty
Beach Betty 2015-02-08 19:29:13 -0600 Report

Oh my goodness…I'm so sorry to hear of this tragic accident. Prayers for comfort and peace for the family and I pray you will find another good Doctor. Sometimes it takes a few to find the right one. So far I am blessed with my family Doctor and my endocrinologist. Good Luck to you Valentine Lady. God Bless You in all you do and May You Have ENOUGH Today and Every Day. Thoughts and prayers from Delaware.

valentine lady
valentine lady 2015-02-08 23:13:49 -0600 Report

Hi Betty
That's one thing about it. I still have my endo. Our relationship doesn't' nearly go as long ad Dr Rice and I but it's.
good relationship. I shall miss him greatly. I did admire him and trust him. He took care of me. I'll always remember that
Hugs, VL