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LETTER: Thank you, doctors and nurses at the Sturgeon

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There has been a lot of well-deserved gratitude expressed to doctors, nurses, medical workers, first responders and the police for being there for us when the chips are down.

I can now add my personal voice to that chorus. About 2 a.m. a few weeks ago, I woke up with atrial fibrilations – my heart was racing much to fast. I had that experience about two and a half years ago, so I knew what I was dealing with. After checking my blood pressure and trying to get it to settled down, I dialed 911 just before 4 a.m. and the ambulance rolled up while I was still talking to the 911 operator. The paramedics were kind, courteous and professional – they even turned off the lights and locked the doors.

Thankfully, the emergency at the Sturgeon Hospital was not busy at 4 a.m., so there was no waiting time. The nurses were great and the doctor checking my record saw that the meds they tried the last time had not worked and suggested to use the defibrillator, which I agreed to. I was prepped, sedated, shocked and within an hour of arriving, my heart was happily ticking away at its usual pace. After a couple of hours for observation, I called my daughter to come and pick me up and I was home just after 8 a.m. with instructions not to drive for 24 hours.

Thank you, Sturgeon and staff.

St. Albert is a pretty good place to live.

Arne Poulsen

St. Albert