by Fred Prout
I just spent five days as a guest of Mercy Hospital. They removed a piece of my colon. I now only have a semi. They thought it was cancer. It wasn’t. Yippee !!!
I now have a bag , boo!!! When we have the next T.P. shortage, come visit. I have extra.
During my stay, I witnessed many of the heroes who have helped us survive the effects of Covid-19 relatively sound and relatively sane. I said relatively. They come to work every day to clean, to tend and in many cases, walk us down the wall when we are terrified. (Thanks Laura in ICU. More about you later.)
There are many other heroes we should thank but never do.
When Rita was battling her illness, we had a cold snap creating an ice storm. It happened that the day our car was completely iced over and the road very dangerous, she was in considerable pain. She was not a complainer so it was a lot of pain.
On a normal day the hospital is a five minute walk. This was not a normal day.
I called for an ambulance at five thirty in the morning and we went down to the lobby to wait. After what seemed like hours, I called to check on the ambulance. They were affected by the weather but would be there soon.
Right about the same time, Cindy, our head housekeeper was coming to work and saw us in the lobby. I explained the situation and she immediately put us in her car and drove us on that dangerous road so Rita could get some relief. No big deal, you say ? Bull. We all have seen people walk right by in that situation.
On this day, a little over a year ago, Cindy was our personal hero. She went out of her way to help someone she hardly knew in very dangerous conditions.
So, maybe you can do a couple of things. Share a story about a hero you met up with. And more importantly, just go up to someone who impacted your life and say thank you. You have no idea how much it will mean.
Thank you Cindy. For helping ease the pain and the fear.