Anyone who knows Al Janssen knows he has a big heart. In October 2015, his big heart wasn’t working well and he had open heart surgery. He had a long journey on the road to recovery. Along the way he chose Waverly Health Center’s cardiac rehab to help him get better.
Al had a couple of places he could have chosen for his rehab, but he chose WHC’s program because it was close to home and it also was highly recommended by people he knew.
“When I started cardiac rehab I was so weak I needed a wheelchair to get around,” Al commented. “Little-by-little I started getting stronger.”
During the 12-week program Al went from a wheelchair to a walker to at last a cane. He still comes to the cardiac rehab gym a couple of times a week for the supervised exercise program. For $4 a visit, he can use the equipment in the gym.
“Michelle, Rebecca and Nikki are very caring, encouraging and patient,” Al said. “From the very start they kept encouraging me and told me I was doing great – even when I knew I wasn’t.”
“The nurses not only take care of our health needs, but they also give education and even some counseling. We get to know each other pretty well during rehab and it helps create a comfortable environment. I learned a lot about my diet and what I needed to do to be healthy.”
He ended, “We are very fortunate to have the health care services we need right here in Waverly.”
Al is an Aplington native and a life-long Iowa State fan. He and his wife Kathy have lived in Waverly since 1960. Now that he is feeling better, he is back to volunteering with hospice, going to Waverly Exchange Club meetings, and is very active in St. John Lutheran Church.