Dear Dr. Leone,
First of all, I apologize for the time it took to get you this recommendation letter. I am usually more timely. However, what started out as a typical recommendation letter turned into a detailed description of the entire three and one-half year relationship. Remember the comment you made about the rat bite in my other hip? About having it done before the year’s end? Well, that started it. You made a comment to me about most of your patients see you for just one joint, and you don’t see them again. That stuck with me. I wound up writing a lengthy summary of all the replacements, problems, timings…all of it. That is not the letter I am sending today. This letter is a short, more typical style of recommendation letter. I’ll send the other when it is completed. It is too long to put in your lobby book.
Nice work. I walk pain free, ride my bike, walk to the store, walked a 5K, and have to remember what it was like to just “barely get around”, living on pain medication. Now, I go to the large Publix because I can walk the longer aisles! Honest, I really used to go to the “baby” Publix because it was smaller.
Thank you again. You are a gifted surgeon. I feel I can confidently say that because I have been under the care of at least six other orthopedic surgeons before meeting you.
If you need me to speak with anyone who might be skittish, I will. Please let the rest of you staff know how much I appreciated all of them.