Wednesday, November 10, 2010

The Most Terrible News...

On Monday night, my friend and treatment coordinator Vicki passed away suddenly.

In the 6 years that she had been in my life, Vicki had gone from being an employee to being so many other things in my life. She was words of encouragement when I needed them and a kick in the seat when words weren't enough. She was the highly organized center of my front office team and a bundle of energy that just couldn't stop. Most of all she was my very close friend. A partner in helping my business and in helping my patients. I could always count on her to do "the right thing" and I trusted her with so much.

She was a proud mother, a delightful spirit, and truly larger than life in so many instances. My life is better for having her in it and emptier now that she has moved on to the next plane. Monday night as she left the office we exchanged our usual "See you tomorrow!" evening greetings. Unfortunately this time it wasn't true. I'll never see her again in this world, but I AM confident I'll see her again. Of that, I have no doubt.

As I told the staff today in a closed and quiet office, in a few days heaven is going to be a lot more organized!

One thing I'm grateful for is that we often told each other how lucky we both felt to have each other in our lives. So many times things like this happen and we regret that we never told someone how important they are.

Hug the ones you love and remember life is fragile. I miss you Vicki... and I always will. My life is a better place because you were in it...


  1. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, your staff and Vicki's family. She was a wonderful person with a friendly word for everyone and she will be greatly missed.

  2. Dr. Flucke, I am truly saddened to learn of this and deeply moved by your post.

    My thoughts and prayers go out to all of Vicki's family, friends and colleagues.

  3. my god john, i just heard. my heart goes out to your entire team. very moving post from the heart my friend. take solace in that she is in a better place than you and i. we'll keep her in our prayers


  4. The passing of Vicki has dampened the hearts of everyone at Antioch Dental Group. Her encouragement, strength and knowledge has made us a better practice. It is because of Vicki that we continue to do business everyday. She will not be forgotten by Dr. Bailey, his wife and staff.

  5. I'm so sorry - this is horrible news. I'm saying prayers for her family.

  6. Dr. Flucke, Our family was shocked to hear the news of Vicki. Our prayers go out for you, your staff and her family. She was such a wonderful lady. She always had a smile on her face and a cheerful word. She will be deeply missed. "Psalm 9:9 The LORD is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble."