Gene Fischer was prepared for a long day of harvest Oct. 29. He had about 85 acres south of Gilead left and planned on finishing that day.
But a cryptic stroke had Gene on his knees and soon on a life flight to Bryan LGH West for three days. He returned home Oct. 31, and for now, is taking it easy.
Harvest was delayed, but not for long.
“It’s been going on ever since I’ve been farming. If someone needs help, neighbors take the lead,” Gene said.
Wayne Kugel and Mike Fischer rounded up the combines and the Hubbell Lions Club jumped in with trucks and grain carts. Farm Credit Services provided a lunch for everyone, and Pioneer Seed and Norders brought refreshments.
Kugel said they ended up with five combines in all.
“It would have taken Gene all day, and they were done in a couple of hours,” Laurie, Gene’s wife, said.
It’s just part of living in a rural community.
“It means a lot to be part of the rural community. If I can help somebody, I’m more than willing,” Gene said.
Laurie said Gene has a slight hole in the top of his heart.
“It’s pretty normal. Most people don’t even know they have a hole in their heart. His didn’t close after birth and it allowed a clot to go through there,” she said.
Gene has to watch what he does. A Loop Recorder will help determine if his condition is repairable or can be monitored with medication.
“I feel fine. Harvest is over now. I still have a lot to do,” he said.