Letter: Be thankful this Thanksgiving for our healthcare

This Vernon resident was sent to Kelowna General Hospital

To the editor:

It’s Thanksgiving 2018. What am I thankful for?

Right now I’m thankful to be alive—courtesy the men and women in our healthcare system. What made all the difference was not so much the system, but the right help at the right time by the right people.

I’m thankful for the triage nurse and the ER physician at Vernon Jubilee Hospital who correctly diagnosed a subdural hematoma—bleeding on the brain—after I presented with unusual symptoms on a busy holiday Monday in August.

I’m thankful for the BC Ambulance staff whose proficiency and good humor helped to make the transfer to Kelowna General Hospital (my first such ride) seem almost normal.

I’m thankful for my neurosurgeon, Dr. Govender, whose expert “burr hole” surgery corrected a life-threatening condition and alleviated my stroke-like symptoms.

I’m thankful for the incredible nursing staff on the med-surgical fourth floor at KGH. What struck me most was the how they demonstrated such kindness and consideration while carrying out their professional duties.

I was also impressed by the cheerful help from volunteers, the driving skills and positive attitude of the porters shuttling us to and from operating rooms or Radiology, and the quiet but thorough work of the cleaning staff.

I’m thankful for the many friends and family members who offered words of encouragement and prayers—and for God who answered those prayers.

Last, but not least, I’m thankful for my daughters who presented me with a hat that featured a perfect inscription for playing golf: “I had brain surgery. What’s your excuse?”

Having been involved in the governance and leadership side of healthcare for many years, it was heartening to see how well things actually worked from the perspective of a patient. It’s an experience I won’t forget, and something I’ll always be thankful for.

Arthur J. Enns

Vernon

Just Posted

Okanagan Water Board continues call to protect B.C. waters from invasive mussels

The board is pushing for additional regulations from the government

Kelowna’s McCurdy house gets operation model redesign

No illegal drug use in supportive housing in Rutland community, B.C. Housing Minister says

Okanagan FC one win away from playoff berth

The Kelowna soccer club finishes their season with two home games

Waters: B.C. Housing’s concession sends Kelowna council back to the future

Planned McCurdy Road supportive housing won’t allow illegal drugs

Okanagan-Shuswap weather: cloudy, showers expected

Environment Canada is predicting a mix of sun and clouds tomorrow and a sunny weekend across the Okanagan

Two Kelowna men make citizen’s arrest

RCMP warn people of risks involved with taking matters into own hands

Psychics, drones being used to search for missing Chilliwack woman with dementia

Drones, psychics, dogs and more have been employed to help find Grace Baranyk, 86

Summerland real estate agents handled many home transactions

Larry and Donna Young spent 40 years in Summerland housing market

B.C. mom to go to Europe court in hopes of getting alleged abducted daughter back

Tasha Brown alleges her estranged wife abducted their daughter Kaydance Etchells in 2016

Virtual reality, arcade gaming centre opens in Salmon Arm

Owner hopes to host city’s first Esports team for games like League of Legends, Fortnite

‘Benzos’ and fentanyl a deadly cocktail causing a growing concern on B.C. streets

Overdoses caused by benzodiazepines can’t be reversed with opioid-overdose antidote naloxone

Scheer on Trump: It’s ‘offensive’ to question the family background of critics

Trump is being called a racist for saying that the four congresswomen should go back where they came from

Instagram expands Canadian pilot removing ‘like’ counts to more countries

Social media giant plans to roll out the test in Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Japan, Italy and Ireland

Pamela Anderson adds star power to B.C. Green Party town hall

Celebrity attended Nanaimo meeting with representatives from U.S.-based environmental group

Most Read