That's Life - December 1, 2021

As many of you are aware, our family has experienced an extreme medical crisis over the past six months. To say the least, it has been very difficult for all of us. Your thoughts, prayers and caring have helped us through these difficult times.

To the doctors, nurses, lab techs and ambulatory staff, we offer our sincere thanks. You are underpaid and grossly understaffed. As I visited my oldest son, I heard, “Code Red”, over and over. That means no ambulances are available. I will never forget that.

I want to thank Ray and Miriam Kirk and The Drumheller Mail for assisting us while our son Jay was hospitalized for 54 days with Salmonella blood poisoning, followed by the Covid-19 Delta variant.

My dear wife received a Kidney transplant on June 23. Her life was renewed with this precious gift from her sister Donna. A regular visit to the Three Hills Health Centre for follow-up lab work, indicated she had the chicken pox. This resulted in hospitalization at the Foothills Hospital through the month of August, and still struggles with the side effects of this virus.

And yes, I tested positive for Covid-19, but my symptoms were limited to the loss of taste and smell for 48 hours. I spent the next 10 days in isolation as our youngest son, Matthew, visited his brother in the Intensive Care Units of the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre, and Rocky View General Hospital, all while caring for his mother while I was in isolation. We love you and your brother so much.

Because of all of you, our family is together once again. Oh, we’re not 100%, but our family is on the road to recovery.

I realize these past two years have been devastating to so many families throughout our region. I hope they all feel the love, compassion and caring that we have felt during our most difficult journey.

Hamper Programs

With Christmas approaching please make sure you are aware of the Christmas hamper programs in your community. Deadlines for application are nearing. Please check inside this issue for details that apply to you.

Children’s Toy Drive

Please find it in your heart to support the Children’s Toy Drive sponsored by the Three Hills RCMP, Victim Services, The Bargain Shop and The Capital. Remember that you are being urged to bring new, unwrapped toys, for girls and boys, to the Bargain Shop on Saturday, December 11, from Noon to 5 PM. Officers and volunteers will accept your toys and cash donations. Toys can be dropped off at the Three Hills RCMP Detachment anytime before December 11.

That’s Life.