Antonio"Tony" Molina - Retired July 2010
After many Major surgeries, Rehab and Therapy, Tony is back in the hospital. He is in ICU care at Methodist Stoneoak.
Keep his wife, Lupe and his Family in your Prayers. NO visitors at this time.
The importance of pre-certification.
When you pre-certify, you ensure that the procedure will be covered.
You will get the full benefits that apply to the network deductible and the out pocket.
The telephone number to the Health Fund that all our members can call free of charge is: (866) 652-4237.
This is another number that our members can use to contact the Health Fund (210) 494-6500.
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From The Desk Of William “Smitty” Smith, Retired SAPD
First let me say "I have sorely missed you, and am very glad to be back home". The past month of confinement to a hospital bed has been a voyage like nothing I have ever experienced....with the greatest blessing being back home sweet home, the center of everything important in my life. I'll keep this story kinda short, since I was never able to inform this awesome group what the heck was happening, a huge frustration that I sincerely apologize for.
On May 26th, I elected to have hip replacement surgery after an MRI confirmed that both of my hip rotators were kaput. The initial outpatient surgery to my left hip went very well, even surviving my rolling out of bed. Suddenly, ten days later, I began bleeding profusely from the hip incision and Brother Joe Kokal, without discussion, immediately transported me to the North Central Baptist Hospital ER, where total kidney failure and Potassium level issues soon followed. It felt like a heart attack, and they said that one more hour of delay could have led to a drastic outcome...Thank you Joe.
Over the next several days, I went from the ER to the ICU to Progressive care, was temporarily discharged, then had to go back in to continue dealing with an infection to the hip incision. I was then transferred to the North East Methodist (where my hip surgeon had privileges), and he immediately reopened the incision, cleaned out any potentially infected tissue surrounding the artificial hip device, and repaired a torn tendon. This ended up being a more invasive surgery than the original hip replacement and added several more days to my hospitalization, physical therapy, and recuperation. I cannot give enough praise to the entire staff of the NE Methodist...they were simply an awesome team.
Finally, I was sent home with 3 new close "friends" to depend on: a walker, a foley, and an infusion machine. Hopefully, I can eliminate these devices one step at a time and get back to an untethered lifestyle, God willing. I do want to sincerely thank those who dropped by and were able to connect via phone/texting/individual emails, and again apologize for the technical limitations that prevented me from keeping this amazing family connected.
Thanks to everyone for hanging in there.
Praise God...Blessings abound!
William C. Smith
San Antonio, Texas 78260
Update on Rudy Gonzales. He texted me this morning that he is still having Kidney Issues. He is still in the hospital and undergoing Dialysis.
He will probably continue dialysis 3 times a week. The Doctors are hoping that his kidneys start functioning on their own again.
Please keep Rudy and Teri in your prayers for a speedy, and full recovery.
Benefit for Officer Michael A. Mandujano
On March 26, Saturday, there will be a Chicken, Sasage Plate Fund Raiser for Medical expenses.
Michael is battling Cancer.
Time: 100pm - 500pm.
Location: Kennedy Park Pavillion, 3101 Roselawn, SAT 78226
Plates are $10 and Raffletickets are $3.00 / 3 for $10. Seating Avaiable.
From: Rudy Guzman
Subj: Benefit for Retired Officer Don Kelley
It's time for Blue Line 4x4 Texas and its supporters to help someone in need.
Don Kelley is a retired SAPD Detective who is battling stage 4 rectal colon cancer since 2013.
Don is currently in remission but 2021 hasn't been a good year.
Don has gone through several sessions of chemotherapy and had several surgeries.
Medical bills are through the roof and only getting worse.
BBQ plate sale on March 26, 2022. Saturday. Everything raised will go to Don's Medical bills.
Go To: PayPal Blueline4x4@gmail.com or cash app. Flyer Attached
Kathy Sowell - Wife of Retired Officer Vernon Sowell
Family and Friends I've had a unfortunate fall 9 days ago. it could have been worse but I have multiple fractures to my arm and shoulder upon impact.
I also face-planted on the parking lot asphalt and sustained contusions and hematomas to forehead and face.
CAT scan showed no fractures there or brain bleed Thank you God.
after a rough painful journey we have found an excellent Orthopedic surgeon who will do the repairs needed.
My Surgery is scheduled for this next Monday.
Prayers please for me and my family and friends who have taken good care of me keeping me home.
Wife of David Evan writes:
Hello, this is David Evans wife.
Please pray for David. He took a slight turn for the worse.
He was in a rehab center and was transferred to a hospital because of respiratory distress.Tests have shown that this is Covid. Please pray for quick healing. Thank You
From: David Head
Subj: Joe Graham
On December 9, Joe Graham was admitted to the Audie Murphy VA hospital with severe Covid symptoms.
Over the course of the next three weeks he slowly improved until the first of the year when his vital signs took a turn and he was readmitted to the ICU,
placed on a ventilator and dialysis. As of this notice he remains there fighting to recover.
He is unable to receive visitors but accepts all prayers for him and his family.
This should demonstrate the severity of this disease as it clearly has the ability to knock down the strongest amongst us. It is my hope that all of our members, active and retired, will take positive steps to protect themselves and their families. Please pray for Joe, the more than 150 active SAPD officers out fighting this disease, and all the retiree families affected.
Request Prayers for Retired Officer Javier Lozano
From: Luis Salazar
My father-in-law, Javier Lozano, retired with 33 yrs with SAPD. He is in hospice care at our house.
His time is short.he is progressively getting worse. At times, he has difficulty communicating, he is at a point where he can no longer walk.
He always thinks of his friends and experiences as a member of the Police Dept.
He starts talking of different things that happened in the field.
Your kind remarks will be read to him.
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