Appreciate what we have

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Editorial

Since April 2, Vaughn Munro has had seven operations to get rid of an infection in a broken arm. He has four rods in his arm and he is still taking a couple dozen pills a day. He spent five and a half weeks in London hospital and another couple of weeks in Kincardine hospital.

 

And all he wants to do is give thanks to his neighbours, our medical system and Kincardine hospital.

Here’s why.

 

Vaughn holidays at Hilton Head, South Carolina in the winter. Feb. 18, his arm simply broke while he was playing tennis.

 

An orthopedic surgeon took four sets of X-rays of his arm over the next six weeks and the last set showed that there might be a problem developing with the arm. The doctor told Vaughn to see his doctor when he got home.

 

The Munros, who live in Huron Township, had driven to the south and Alberta would have had to do all the driving on the way home because of Vaughn’s injury. That’s when the neighbours stepped up. One flew to South Carolina and drove them home. That was just the first of  many good deeds carried out by neighbours in the following weeks.

 

“We live in wonderful area,” says Vaughn.

 

When he arrived at the medical clinic with a 39 degree Celsius temperature, Dr. Leanne Thomson recognized his problem. Although she was to go off work at 4 p.m., she stayed with him at the Kincardine hospital until 8:30 p.m. when he was air lifted to the London Health Sciences Centre.

 

A doctor in London told Vaughn he was lucky Dr. Thomson had diagnosed his problem right away.

Otherwise he would have lost his arm and possibly his life.

 

Vaughn has had excellent health care everywhere. He said the food and service were superior at Kincardine hospital compared to London, maybe because some of the staff know him and the nurses have more work experience.

 

Looking back, Vaughn, 76, says his arm had hurt for a couple of months before the break. He thought it was just muscle pain, but his humerus was likely cracked, hence the pain.

 

After the arm break, he had bronchitis and the infection likely moved to his arm.

 

He has to take the pills another eight to 10 weeks until he goes back to London. He is perhaps then looking at more surgery.

 

Although his arm is still in a sling, Vaughn is in excellent health.

 

Vaughn is thankful for good neighbours, our excellent medical system and the people who work at the Kincardine hospital.

 

I believe many would second his thoughts.

 

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If a policeman shoots someone eight times, as recently happened in Toronto, they die.

 

If a policeman tasers someone eight times, do they die?

 

Likely, so what’s the difference? And so why does the province now say that all officers can carry a taser?

 

Now instead of gun deaths, the province will be investigating taser deaths.

 

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My mother-in-law used to say, “This is the loneliest time of the year.”

 

She was likely correct. School started yesterday and most of the tourists have headed home.

 

It was a short summer.