Albert Lampo Family

last modified on: Wed, 09/05/2018 - 15:25

Thanks for Mr. Albert Lampo and his family for supporting the Iowa Head and Neck Protocols

 

Note from Jackie English RN CORLN:

Anyone who had the pleasure to care for Al Lampo is blessed. He was a remarkable person. With his families permission, I would like to share some of my favorite memories.

Despite dealing with his laryngeal cancer diagnosis, and subsequently undergoing a total laryngectomy with reconstruction, he seemed to always have a smile on his face, or a joke to tell the doctors or the nurses. At one point he had our best room on the floor that he affectionately named " The Elvis Suite".

One Saturday morning that happened to be March 17th (St. Patrick's Day), I decided to see if we could sing Toora Loora Loora together. We recruited Dr. Hoffman who played guitar while I attempted to sing along. Al also sang using his electrolarynx, all donning our Irish apparel. We captured this on video.

 It remains one of my favorite nursing memories. As I look back on my career, this heartwarming moment touches me still. I know I share this sentiment with all the doctors and nurses that were lucky enough to know Al.

We kept in touch at Christmas and of course St. Patrick's Day. What an impressive life he had!  The University of Iowa Otolaryngology Department would like to thank his family for allowing us to post our memories on The Iowa Protocols.

Al, thanks for the memories. You were treasured.

"Slainte" - ["good health" - from the old Irish word 'slán' meaning 'healthy or safe'] 

Jackie English RN CORLN

Of note, I believe we also talked Al into doing the Hawkeye Hooky Pokey with us.