Don Peasley, who has worked as a McHenry County editor, columnist and historian for more than 65 years, is recovering from a stroke he suffered in late February.
Peasley, 90, was taken to Centegra Hospital – Woodstock originally, but has since been transferred to Centegra Hospital – McHenry for rehabilitation. Peasley, of Woodstock, writes a weekly column for the Northwest Herald about people, businesses and happenings around the county.
“They brought me down here because it’s a little more detailed conditioning, and I’m at the point where I need the extra care,” Peasley said over the phone from his hospital room. “They felt that with a little more recovery, I’d get pretty well over it, recovered.”
He said his guess is that he’d be back home, with a full-time caretaker, in about a week.
Peasley was home alone Feb. 27 when he lost his balance and fell, he said. He never lost consciousness.
“I was alert, I was awake, but I couldn’t get myself up,” he said. “I was alone because my morning workers had left ... so I was there until 3 o’clock or more and couldn’t get up.”
Peasley said rehabilitation is going well, and he wants to continue writing once he’s back home. He’s been formulating some story ideas, he said.
Peasley’s column has appeared in the Northwest Herald since January 1987.
“I’d like to keep the record going a little longer,” he said.