About a week and a half ago I was contacted by the local hospital foundation to ask permission to talk to us about “our story”.
You see, as they come into their yearly push for donations, they like to get the story of a person or a family who was impacted by the ER and the staff at the hospital to show donors and potential donors the kind of difference the staff there makes.
At Christmas time, I wrote a card to the members of the ER staff and one for the staff on 5A north where Shawn stayed for 17 days. We delivered them together. Apparently, that card is still there, tacked up to the cork board in the staff room and several members of staff have photocopies of it. It was Shawn’s experience and that card that made them contact me.
I spoke to the vice president of the foundation at length and then, a few days later, was interviewed for over an hour by the writer putting together this particular mailer. Today, this morning, we went to the hospital for pictures.
Shawn and I arrived in the ER at nine and met Christine and another member of staff. We were brought to the location (a hallway outside of the ER) and met the photographers and one more member of staff while we waited for the folks from the ER to come out.
Aiden, Vincent, Michael, Jennifer and Cindy. Our guardian angels. They came around the corner together and I couldn’t help it, my eyes filled with tears. There were hugs all around and introductions as for Shawn, this was a first time actually “meeting” them. It was a beautiful reunion. We talked over one another as we all started to rehash that day. It amazes me that there are always little details that come out after the fact that I never knew. Like, I knew that he had received 11 shocks in the ER and that his heart had stopped again at the cath lab, but I didn’t know he had two more shocks in the lab. I also didn’t know that there was a cardiac symposium happening that same day which is why there were two cardiac specialists that were right there with us. A few jokes were put around that if you’re going to have your heart completely stop, that’s the way to do it.
Shawn and I are so blessed that this team is the one that was there with us that day. I will never forget the people that were part of saving his life. Ever.
If you are planning a donation this year, please consider our hospital. Or your hospital. You never know when that front line of staff is going to be the only line between the life you know, and the one you don’t want to have to find out about.