Thursday April 24, 2014

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Praise for our health care workers



We all have our jobs — car mechanic, fitness instructor, gardener, writer — but on Christmas Eve, I needed our health care workers.

In the morning I took an antibiotic called tetracycline. I have taken it before with no adverse effects, but a while later I started to itch. I took a couple of Benadryl to stop the itch, but everything got worse — and very fast.

My son Neil is visually impaired and not able to drive, so I started off to the hospital.  We reached the light and I tried to speak to Neil and a weird croak came out of my mouth and I started to cough. By the time we reached the emergency department, Neil was all but dragging me inside.

The emergency nurses were right there and the doctor came and gave me a shot of something that made me shake like the dickens; however, I could breathe again.

In minutes I was on oxygen, had an IV and was hooked up to a heart monitor. Then I heard these wonderful words, “You are safe, we can fix this, relax, we will take care of you.”

During the next hours Dr. Forgie and nurses Linda and Wanda not only saved my life, but made me feel safe. Their confidence in their abilities shone through and I am more grateful than I can express.

We hear a lot of talk about how bad things are on the Coast with our doctor shortage, bed shortage and any number of other complaints; however, we should not forget the men and women who strive every day to keep us alive and well.

Thank you seems so small, but it is all I can say.

Victoria Livingstone and
Neil Moledzki, Sechelt



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