Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Hat's off to Ski Patrol

On Friday, Feb. 6, around noon, I had a heart attack on Seattle Ridge, necessitating assistance from the Sun Valley Ski Patrol. I can't say enough about the reaction of the patrol. I don't usually notice these people on the mountain, but when a problem arises they seem to appear from nowhere. Their competence was obvious and the courtesies and attention to detail shown were very impressive. I couldn't believe how fast I was transported to River Run Lodge and loaded into a waiting ambulance. The patrol stayed with me to the hospital, and I found the ambulance attendants equally attentive, as were the hospital attendants.

I am 72 years old and have no experience with heart problems. The sensations I had on the mountain were extreme nausea and chest pain radiating down to the left arm. I know there must be many indicators of a heart problem but this is what I experienced. After a short wait on Friday, I was life-flighted to St. Luke's in Boise. I had open heart surgery on Saturday morning, Feb. 7, and seem to be recovering quite well.

This valley does seem to have a pool of very talented people who can respond to just about any situation. I don't have names of the people who attended to me but I would certainly rate their performance as A+.

Chuck Bohlke

Sun Valley

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