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Many thanks to the Sturgeon


  |  Posted: Wednesday, Jan 23, 2013 06:00 am

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It was a cold December day between Christmas and the new year. I was comfortably relaxing enjoying the day when without warning I discovered a system malfunction – I had once again sprung a leak and would soon require a “fluid top-up” as I had a few years back. I called out to my wife Gladys to call for an ambulance. I swear I heard her say “911 we have a problem.”

In no time I was surrounded by firemen and paramedics. They calmly asked questions by the dozen, all the while checking my pulse, blood pressure and temperature. Then out to the ambulance to whisk me away to St. Albert to the Sturgeon emergency room, all the while continuing to perform procedures and record the information on a state of the art computer. When we arrived I wasn’t parked in a busy hallway, but was taken to a warm room curtained off for privacy. The paramedic’s computer was downloaded, bangles were put on me and a pleasant nurse informed me a room and a doctor would be available in a few minutes. Down the hall to a well-lit treatment room, loaded with instruments. All hooked up, more questions asked politely and calmly, blood samples taken, a thorough examination, and the doctor surprisingly had a warm stethoscope!

The next day I was transferred from emergency to the main hospital. I was greeted and made comfortable by an extremely pleasant nurse who settled me into a comfortable bed. If it wasn’t for their questions and firmly repeated instructions I might have mistaken it for a four-star hotel room. Behind the scenes the calm, professional team must have figured out why I had sprung a leak and how to repair it. That afternoon, after checking and rechecking my name and age tattooed on the fancy bangles, I received a couple of litres of blood.

I would have to say that for me the system worked smoothly, calmly and was performed one step at a time to a successful conclusion. It reminded me of Apollo 13 when the crew’s flight was so boring and uneventful they were almost moved to tears. I would like to thank the firemen, paramedics, nurses, doctors and staff at the Sturgeon for their excellent care. They were attentive, accommodating, and spoke to you, not at you. I would also like to extend a very special thanks to the blood donors. Now I can get back to shuffleboard practice before taking on Alberta in February at the 55 plus Winter Games in Calgary. I am also hard at work raising funds for the Calder Seniors Centre Building Expansion. Visit to find more information.

Bill Sim, VP, Calder Seniors’ Drop-in Centre, Edmonton


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