‘Wonderful’ Kelownians redeem shaky start to visit

On Nov. 11, after a harrowing drive up from Vancouver, my husband and I arrived in Kelowna to check out the city as potential residents.

To the editor:

On Nov. 11, after a harrowing drive up from Vancouver, my husband and I arrived in Kelowna to check out the city as potential residents rather than as tourists. We wanted to look into real-estate and schools for our four children.

After checking into our hotel we stopped at a local fast food restaurant. In the parking lot, moments after finishing my meal, my tongue swelled and my breathing became laboured. Not knowing the city we rushed first to the Pharmasave where the kind pharmacist allowed me to take some Benedryl and advised me to go to the clinic up the street, which I did.

At the clinic a wonderful doctor took a look at me, gave me another shot and then sent me off to the Kelowna General Hospital ER.

At the ER the friendly intake worker calmed my nerves by telling me about her similar experience. After a short wait we were seen by another lovely nurse and then a funny, kind and supportive young doctor (longish hair, big smile).

Waiting for all the medications to work their magic my husband and I chatted with other patients—the wonderful young woman having an asthma attack who shared her advice about local schools, music stores and after-school programs; the young couple there for a kidney stone who expressed their concern for me and apologized for our experience—the streaming nurse who checked on me and smiled often.

Instead of meeting in person with a real estate agent we ended up chatting on the phone with an agent who was helpful, kind and supportive.

Before heading home we managed to spend a little time driving around the beautiful city and without fail every Kelowna resident we came across was beyond helpful.

An experience which could have literally and figuratively left us with a very bad taste in our mouth about Kelowna, ended up making us feel it is a wonderful place to be with great people. We will definitely be back, if not to live (broadcasting jobs, anyone?) then at least to visit. Thanks wonderful people of Kelowna!

Jennifer Thunucher,

Vancouver

 

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