To the Editor,
Hopefully you’ll find space for a Christmas Shoutout to an all-too-frequently maligned segment of our society in communities across Canada.
I refer to those who work in the health-care sector, about whom I have often seen horror stories in the media, and many vociferous complaints on letters pages. Bad news stories abound of patients suffering because of inadequacies of health care systems and providers. Thankfully, my present experience is so completely different to what I’ve repeatedly read about for so many years.
My wife Susan is currently hospitalized at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital (NRGH) and gravely ill.
Having spent about eight hours every day in her isolated room for the past three weeks, it has been a bumpy trip on a storm-tossed sea of emotions, but there is no other place in the world I would sooner be.
Around this time of the year there’s always a lot of talk about angels: some are perched atop Christmas trees, but the ones we’ve encountered during the last three weeks at NRGH come in all shapes and sizes, every creed and race, all generations and genders. We stand in awe of the love and care and highly professional devotion of the band of angels at NRGH.