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Sanibel & Captiva Islands
VOL. 23, NO. 20
SANIBEL & CAPTIVA ISLANDS, FLORIDA
NOVEMBER 6, 2015
Know The Signs
submitted by Todd Dergins
Ihave known for most of my
life that I had heart prob-
lems. The heart murmur
and occasional arrhythmia was
detected when I was young.
Riley Children’s Hospital and
diagnosed with a defective heart
valve. It was a genetic defect
that had been passed down in
my family for generations.
I was told that it should not
affect me until I was into my
50s, so I was never too con-
cerned about it. I just thought
the longer I could wait, the more
advanced the medical field would
become, and it would be easy to
Later comes earlier than you
The whole incident started
back in 2008. I started having
light-headedness and problems
with my balance. My former
manager told me he had expe-
rienced the same thing from an
I visited the doctor for a vari-
ety of tests and was ultimately
told it was not an ear infection,
but it was probably time to
address my heart problem. How could this be? I was only 40. Anyway, the problem had
stopped, so it must have just been an ear infection that cleared up on its own.
Everything seemed to be fine for the next few years, until I started to develop breath-
ing problems in 2014. I had a persistent cough for no apparent reason and started to
experience shortness of breath.
I had been told years before by a PA that I had symptoms of asthma. This was easy
to believe because every time I would get a cold, it seemed to go straight to my chest. I
began to take over-the-counter asthma medication, which would help only some of the
time. The symptoms continued to get worse. I would frequently wake up at night feeling
like I couldn’t breathe. I had to start sitting up some nights to try to get some sleep.
The final sign that something was seriously wrong came when I started to rapidly
gain weight. I began to notice swelling in my legs that quickly progressed to my abdo-
men. I was eating less but still gaining weight. I felt like Tim Allen in The Santa Clause.
I went to the doctor for some tests to find out what was causing this breathing dif-
ficulty and sudden weight gain. On my second visit, the PA took a look at my test results
and asked me why I was in the office instead of the hospital. I was immediately admitted
to Cape Coral Hospital with congestive heart failure.
I spent 19 days in the hospital. After a couple days at Cape Coral Hospital, I was
transferred to HealthPark. They have the best cardiac team in this area, and I needed
the best. Most of the time spent in the hospital was just to get me healthy enough tosur-
vive the open-heart surgery I needed.
On May 1, 2015, I underwent Aortic Valve Replacement surgery. Fortunately, after
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Todd and Lisa Dergins
Lockard Makes Trip
To State Championship
Bishop Verot senior Lauren Lockard
finished her high school golf career
with an outstanding performance,
which took place over a three-week
period. The team ended its regular season
with an 11-1 record.
On October 13, Lauren helped lead her
team to its first District Title Championship
in over 15 years. She shot a 79 on a windy
Shell Point golf course, placing her second
overall. The Bishop Verot girls team won
their district with a team score of 340.
A week later, the team qualified for the
State Championship by placing second to
St. Steven’s Academy by one shot in the
Regional 1A Finals. Lauren placed third
overall individually and led her team in scor-
ing with an 83.
Last week, the Bishop Verot Girls Golf
Team spent three days at Mission Inn
Resort in Howie-In-The-Hill, Florida; the
site of the State Finals. The team played
very well, finishing 14th. Lauren shot a two-day total of 171, placing her in the top 50.
This was Lauren’s second appearance in the State Finals. She also qualified as an
individual as a freshman.
Lauren Lockard with her father, Ed Lockard
Veterans Day Operation Hours
And Refuse Collection Schedule
The City of Sanibel administrative offices will be closed in observance of Veterans
Day, Wednesday, November 11 and will resume normal office hours on Thursday,
November 12. If you have any questions, call 472-3700.
The Sanibel Recreation Center and Center 4 Life will be closed in observance of
Veterans Day on Wednesday, November 11 and will resume normal office hours on
Thursday, November 12. If you have any questions, call the recreation center at 472-
0345 or the Center 4 Life at 472-5743.
All garbage, recycling and vegetation waste collection by Advanced Disposal sched-
uled for the week of Veterans Day will run as scheduled. If you have any questions, call
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