Thank you Kamloops. We live in a province that most of us take for granted — not because we don’t appreciate the social and health care net that helps us in times of need, but more likely because we are used to it. We grew up with it. We “pay” for it.
But our family has gone through something recently — the loss of a most important human — and this loss has opened our eyes to the incredible benefits we have available to us in this province.
From transport to the hospital by trained paramedics to incredible nursing and medical care at RIH. And when we made the decision to keep Terry (husband, dad, grandpa, uncle, friend) home for his last weeks, the provision of hospital equipment was a call away.
Seniors Health Services checked in on us, as concerned for us as for Terry. Community support workers came daily, provided respectful care and preserved his dignity. Terry’s nurse practitioner Karen guided us through pain management and our own self-care.
Tricia taught us how to administer medication and treated Terry so gently — appreciating his humour and good character. Jodi at Pharmasave (Riverbend) provided personal service and support.
And Dr. Doug Hamilton spent time with all of us. The names are not too many to mention — our lapse is simply due to the situation — please know we appreciate you all.
So thank you for allowing us to care for Terry at home and for ensuring we never felt like we were in it alone.
Myrna Brewer and family