Stephen Hoffmann is not only my doctor he is also my savior.
Stephen Hoffmann is not only my doctor he is also my savior. Let me try to explain.
It was the fall of 1996 and life was good. Everything was going in the right direction. I had a beautiful wife (who I was madly in love with), a great job that gave me a great deal of satisfaction and was going to the gym 5 days a week for 2 hours a day.
I had an appointment with Dr. Hoffmann for my annual physical and that is when my life changed. Prior to my visit I had lab work done and the day of my appointment we discussed the results. He saw some warning signs in my tests and said, I would like you to go in a for a stress test. I said You wish you were in as good a shape as I am. Why do you think I need a stress test?. He said I see what could be some abnormalities, and with your diabetes and family history, I think it is worth doing.
I agreed and one test lead to another and before you knew it I was in Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital having cardiac by-pass surgery. I had four blockages (one at 90 and three at 100). Thankfully because of the exercise program recommended by Dr. Hoffmann I had formed tributaries around my heart blockages to keep me alive until someone found the problem!
On December 12,1996 I had the operation. The morning after, while Dr. Hoffmann was on vacation in Mexico, he called me to see how I was doing. At that time I knew that he was a very special man. A doctor who went far above anyone's expectations. He was my doctor and my friend who really cared about me.
Ten years passed and with the help of Dr. Steve, life was good. In December of 2006 I had a pacemaker implanted as a precautionary measure. In 2012 I went in for my annual stress test and was told that the arteries were once again blocked. This time because of the location of the blockages an operation wasn't possible. The cardiac specialist at the time told me it was something that I would have to live with. I began to have a great deal of difficulty breathing and my quality of life was deteriorating. I went to see Dr. Steve and he was angered that the physician had not recommended any other medical intervention. He immediately referred me to a colleague heart specialist at Tufts Medical Center and got me an appointment within a couple of days. After meeting with him, he and Dr. Steve discussed my case, altered some medications and referred me to a medical cardiac specialist who identified that my ventricles were not beating simultaneously and he replaced my pacemaker with a new three lead device.
It is now February of 2014. I feel much better (not as good as I once felt), am no longer depressed and I feel I have something to live for. My wife and I are now both retired and enjoying each others company beyond all expectations. I thank God every day for giving me my wife, a great family and Dr. Steve.
Steve, thank you for all that you have done for me and the many personal telephone calls and talks. It seemed you knew me better than I knew myself. You have always been there for me as my doctor and my friend.
I Love You Man