Many came to the rescue of this bee-sting survivor

OlympiaOctober 16, 2013 

Finally, here’s a positive, grateful letter for the editorial page. Words cannot adequately express my thanks to the many and varied people who assisted me last week on the walking trail to Tumwater Historical Park. I was stung by a bee and within just a few minutes, it was apparent that I was having my first-ever (and hopefully last!) anaphylactic reaction and was in serious trouble. I was alone except for my dog and had forgotten to bring my cellphone (Hint: don’t leave home without it.).

Soon a man was there willing to take a chance and help a bedraggled, half-coherent woman who had collapsed on a bench. The man used his cellphone to call 911 and ran ahead to meet the medics. Then a woman came and offered to care for my dog (a 90-pound Rottweiler no less). She and the firefighters stayed with my dog until my wonderful doggy day-care provider (Carla) arrived.

The medics, ER doctor, nurses and assistants at St. Peter Hospital provided excellent care in all ways: medicines, reassurance and multiple layers of warm blankets. My neighbors, Bonnie and Leo, then came to the ER to get me home safely. Thanks to each and every one of you. I will never forget your kindness.

So don’t despair Olympia and America. I believe there are endless examples like mine in which compassionate support is generously given to a person in need. In fact, (without taking unnecessary risks). I’d stake my life on it.

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