Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Responders deserve kudos

Monday, Nov. 1, started like most others—my Lab and I headed to Carbonate for our morning hike. We were headed down the backside when my right foot slid forward and I landed on my left, hearing a sickening snap. I tried to hobble on it but soon realized I couldn't make it on my own. Fortunately, I had my phone and called 911.

Barb at dispatch was very reassuring, and contacted Wood River Fire & Rescue. Max, the incident commander, soon contacted me. Brian and Eric hiked up first and attended to my ankle and kept me company while Anna, Kelly, Charlie, Matt and Tom came up with the litter. They soon had me strapped in and were ready to head down the switchbacks. I have to say I was a little nervous, but they were very professional. It was strenuous work for them all, but by the end of the journey I was almost asleep.

While these men and women were getting me down the mountain, Rune, Bart, Jeff and Chris were standing by. After I got safely down, my husband took me to the emergency room, where Dr. Sanderson and staff confirmed that my ankle was broken. After further consultation, it was determined that surgery was required. So on Friday morning it was back to the hospital, where Beth and Jen in preop were very attentive and made me feel at ease. Dr. Cleveland did a great job with the anesthesia (I don't remember a thing). Surgery performed by Dr. Judd went smoothly. Back in postop, I was treated to some Healing Touch performed by Gwen.

From the moment I called 911 to exiting the hospital, every step of the way I was treated by caring and compassionate professionals, for which my family and I are very grateful. Thank you, all.

Sue Galgano


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