So many reasons to celebrate Canada

Last Thursday I had a bad fall that really shouldn’t have happened. In fact, I cringe when I think about it.

I had fractured my hip. I wouldn’t mind, but I am very active and fit for my age; it just simply shouldn’t have happened.

What came next will never cease to amaze me. The ambulance attendants were wonderful, so caring and gentle. The emergency staff at Nanaimo General Hospital professional, friendly and efficient. The surgeon, well let’s say he was one cool dude who made me feel like I was the only person in the hospital. The recovery personnel on the ward, from nurses and physiotherapists to care workers and “dinner ladies,” were simply the best.

So kudos and congratulations for the difficult job you do.

My husband and I have had incredible support from the new neighbourhood we moved into last year in Qualicum Beach — well wishes, cards, flowers, homemade treats and the loan of essential equipment for my recovery.

My new best friend is a blue walking stick called Hugo. His uses seemingly endless. I think we will have a long friendship. I am his second case.

My husband and I received citizenship on Canada Day in 1979.

As we celebrate Canada 150, I am proud of Canada’s role in the world. And while there are times, when all the negative news descends like thunder clouds around us, that it seems to encourage a siege mentally to take over. Not me, though.

Yes, I am going to be hobbling around for awhile. But, on the bright side, it will give me time to stop and smell the roses. So count your blessings, there are so many, eh!

Myra Watson

Qualicum Beach