Fred and Lorraine Zaitsoff
Last year, Fred had begun to feel a lingering ache in his right leg. Having had a few health issues in the past, he knew he should have this checked out fairly quickly. After seeing his doctor, he was sent for xray’s and a CT scan. At that time, nothing was detected so he carried on. Throughout the summer, the leg became very sore and then in September, Fred collapsed in his home.
Fred was rushed by ambulance to Emergency at Langley Memorial and was treated by Dr. Hicks. The Doctor admitted Fred right away and scheduled a series of tests. The results came back – Fred’s femur was fractured and bone cancer was detected. Fred was scheduled for immediate surgery where the cancerous bone fragment was removed.
Fred’s memory of that time is vague because he was on strong pain medication. But he does remember the wonderful care he received on 2N – from the nurses, especially Maria and Jason, and from Dr. Hicks and Dr. St. John. Their compassion and professionalism was such a comfort to him, his wife Lorraine and their family during this very difficult time.
While his recovery has been slow, it has been steady. This April, he and Lorraine were able to travel to Calgary to celebrate the birth of their eighth grandchild – a healthy baby girl. To have this experience, with his wife and family around him, made Fred realize more than ever — these are the moments we live for.
Please give to Langley Memorial Hospital today. Because every family deserves moments like this.
Pauline and Val Owen
“A marvellous idea”
It happened one day in March of 2013. I had trouble with my legs. I couldn’t make them move. My husband, Val, drove me to the Emergency Department at Langley Memorial Hospital. I remember a wheelchair and then nothing more from that day.
I had a stroke and it has left me with onhealthy clomid vascular dementia. Now I live at the hospital in residential care, where the people are friendly and the nurses are great.
Once a week, I have a bath. I look forward to that. The attendant massages my legs for circulation and it makes a big difference since I can’t walk around anymore. She wraps me in warm towels. It feels wonderful. The tubs are pretty old. I hear they are trying to buy new ones. I think that is a marvellous idea.
An ER Story
“Frances, you are not going anywhere except to the hospital in an ambulance.”
I had been feeling unwell for a long time. In the week that led up to the day I was rushed to the ER at Langley Memorial Hospital, I had experienced pain first in my chest and later in my left arm. I thought my lupus was flaring up. Things got so bad I called my doctor late in the afternoon one day, and she ordered an ECG for the very next morning. My husband drove me to the clinic where the ECG technician said: Frances, you are not going anywhere except to the hospital in an ambulance.
I arrived at the ER with a major heart attack in progress. My ECG was off the chart, I was told. The medical team moved quickly and without hesitation. They hooked me up to a multitude of machines and identified a blockage in my heart.
The team treated me with utmost care and attention, watching over me like a hawk for two days after which I received a stent. And I watched them. They worked seamlessly as a team. They treated all of their patients with professionalism and respect. They were amazing.
At age 63, I am feeling better than I have in years. I count every day as a blessing, especially the days I spend with my two lovely grandchildren.
Langley Resident Since 1991