DR. CHRISTAL SAKRISON enjoys her first full day of retirement last week Friday with a mocha.		        submitted photo
DR. CHRISTAL SAKRISON enjoys her first full day of retirement last week Friday with a mocha. submitted photo

     Dr. CHRISTAL SAKRISON remembers when she first came to Ripon.

     “When I first started, everything was possible,” she said. “What I didn’t know I could learn from my peers.”

     Back in those days, she delivered babies, she tended to the needs of the Badger Boys when they’d visit, she helped cover the emergency room.

     “Oh, golly ... I never intended to do that,” Sakrison said. “But we all took call at the hospital.”

     It was potpourri medicine: she and other hometown docs took care of everybody. But that, Sakrison will admit, was a long time ago. Times have changed, technology is different.

     And now, nearly four decades into her medical career, the Ripon doctor is ready to hang up the stethoscope.

     Though she’s spent the past four-plus years tending to the needs of senior citizens in the Fox Valley rather than seeing patients daily in Ripon, this is her home, and where she looks forward to spending her retirement years.

     Not that she’s excited to leave caring for others behind.

     “I want to leave before somebody has to tell me to go,” she said, laughing. “I want people to say, ‘I’m sorry to see you leave,’ not, ‘Oh golly. She’s slipping; it’s time.

     “I want to go while I’m good.” ...

     To read the entire column, see the Nov. 8, 2018 edition of The Ripon Commonwealth Press.