Dealing with life’s little obstacles


The last two weeks have been wholly different than any other so far at the State Capitol.

As many of you already know, I was admitted to Porter Adventist Hospital in Denver on Monday, March 18, with nausea and severe chills. In order to dispel any rumors or speculation, I’d like to provide a brief update on my condition and status.

The previous weekend, I made some unfortunate food-related choices and became quite ill with what I believed was food poisoning. When I was admitted to the hospital on Monday night, I believed that my symptoms were related to the food I had eaten over the weekend. The wonderfully attentive nurses and doctors however were concerned that I might have a more serious blood infection and decided to keep me for further observation on Tuesday. By Wednesday, everything was looking up, and I was feeling much better and eager to be released. Unfortunately, my recovery was short lived, and I checked myself back in early Thursday morning. It was at that point that my doctor ordered a CAT scan and confirmed that I had a perforated colon. After several days without a definitive diagnosis, it was a relief to me to finally know what was wrong. Friday brought more waiting and finally, the determination that surgery would be necessary. As it turns out, my perforated colon was caused by an obstructed adhesion due to scar tissue on my lower intestine from an appendectomy 25 years ago.

With this ordeal now behind me, I’m very pleased to tell you that the surgery was successful, and I am expected to make a full recovery. Last Thursday was my first day back at the Capitol since being admitted to Porter Adventist on March 18, and I am very eager to get back to the work of the people of Colorado.

I have immense gratitude for the nurses and surgeons at Porter Adventist Hospital for their persistent and compassionate care. From the EMTs on Tuesday to the nurses aiding me in my recovery, I felt secure every step of the way in the hands this world class facility. I was also very touched by the support of my colleagues in the Capitol building. Hearing from all of you, the great people of House District 59, made me all the more excited to heal and get back to work. Thank you all.

While I was away, I was disappointed to miss my second bill signing with the governor, but I am still very proud to have had the opportunity to work on House Bill 1198 to strengthen the relationship between state and tribal governments. I am very proud of the bill, and I was pleased to work with Rep. Coram and Sen. Roberts on this bill.

I was also disappointed to have missed out on Colorado Agriculture Day. I understand how important agriculture is to many constituents in House District 59, and the Agriculture Day luncheon is known as one of the best events of the year. I’m told that the food was excellent and was sad to have missed it.

This week, we are tackling the budget. Colorado is unique in that we have a balanced budget, which prioritizes fiscal responsibility. This year, we will be focusing on funding for education and economic development — the areas that will continue to move Colorado’s economy forward and encourage a Colorado workforce for a 21st century economy.

Finally, I would like to extend my condolences to the family of Tom Clements. All of us in the capitol had immense respect for his character and intelligence. He was an exceptional man and will be missed.

I am continually honored to be your representative for the 59th district. If you would like to contact me, e-mail me at