Thanks to those who helped in the care of family member
I am taking this opportunity right now to thank the many people in our community for all their hard work, care, compassion and love they gave to my brother, Paul Wilson. He lost his battle for life on July 14. His young heart of age 57 could no longer make another beat.
First of all there is the Wellness Center with Dr. Pearson and his staff. Dr. Pearson was wonderful with Paul. He donated his old electric wheelchair for Paul to use so he could get about a little easier. We will donate that to some other needy person as Dr. Pearson has asked. Thank you all.
Then, we have Sutter Home Health Services. Nurses came to his home as many as three to five times a week. The one that stands out the most is Phillis. She was there the most. Very caring, very eager to teach and answer any questions we had for her. Thank you so much.
After that, there’s Del Norte Ambulance Service and Crescent City Fire and Rescue Department. Thank you for always being there so fast when we needed you, whether it was to rush to the hospital or just to help with a team lift. It means a lot to us.
Now most of all, to thank our Sutter Coast Hospital emergency room people — you guys are all awesome. You were all so caring for him each and every time we had to take him there. And that was at least every two to three months for three years. Dr. Walt; Dr. Sheik; nurses: Sam, Brenda and numerous others, thank you. God bless each and every one of you.
In British Columbia, where my elderly parents live, the $54 per month per person sounds great, only Eichar left out a couple of things, like 12 percent “value added tax” (five percent B.C. and seven percent federal) to help pay for health care. This is on top of all the other taxes (income, property, vehicle, etc.), co-payments for prescriptions that keep rising, seriously overcrowded hospitals and long waits, in some cases for years, awaiting surgery. My 90-year-old mother waited 11 months for cataract surgery after she was put on the list.
A few months ago my 88-year-old father had a stroke and spent four days in the hospital on a gurney in the hallway. He was not alone. There were others in the hallways along with him. On two previous occasions my 88–90-year-old mother spent days in the hallway at the hospital because there was no room.
To top this all off, a number of years ago we were visiting my parents and the doctors went out on strike for more wages. One man who had been scheduled for back surgery during the strike had to go back to the end of the line and start all over working his way up to surgery because his surgery date came and went. He spent the strike time lying in his floor as that was the only place he could get relief for his pain. He had been there for a number of months prior to the strike on the floor and would be there until he could get his problem corrected.
During the strike there was one hospital and doctor within a 100-mile radius. Is this really what we want or need for our great country — mountains of taxes with medical care and surgery on the government whim? The government can’t run Medicare, which is rampant with waste and fraud. Do you really want them to run all the health care? I think not!
Jane E. Rumiano
Del Norte Women’s Golf Club