August 6: Excellent care at Juravinski, poor coverage of Hamilton Cardinals and other letters

Care and dignity

Last week our mother was discharged from the Juravinski Hospital feeling much better after a health emergency the week before, on the day of the Rogers outage.

We are so thankful for the compassionate and hardworking nurses and doctors who did tests and got her health back on track. The ward while full with forty patients was well staffed and attentive to patient care.

Mom is 96 years old…and used the excellent hospital Wi-Fi for her iPad!

She had a brief stay down in Emergency prior to the ward.

Two days before Mom was discharged last week, I witnessed the actions of the nurses and doctors with a 79-year-old lady right across from Mom.

She also had a health emergency the week before but wasn’t improving. After seeing and hearing her only son in distress while asking a nurse for help, I went over and put my arm around him as he cried.

Quickly, many nurses and doctors surrounded the lady and I went back to Mom. A doctor put his arm around this man. They all stayed quietly for at least 20 minutes as his mom passed away.

Over the next few hours I saw the quiet dignity and care the nurses and staff gave the lady.

Our nurses and doctors deserve much praise, recognition and pay for their great commitment to patients and families every day.

Time for a woman as our mayor

Do you know how many mayors Hamilton has had? 57. We have had 57 mayors and not one of them has been a woman. Hamilton has the historic opportunity now to elect its first woman mayor, and who better than Andrea Horwath with her years of public service to Hamilton. This is our shot Hamilton, let’s finally put a woman in the mayor’s office!

Coverage for Cardinals

It’s bad enough the always entertaining Hamilton Cardinals get next to no coverage in the Spec, compared to the Bulldogs, TiCats and other local teams.

Thankfully, you do print the standings and scores in agate, of the Intercounty Baseball League, one of the oldest and most storied in the world.

But do you have to list Toronto in bold type?

Thanks to Lorraine

We look forward to Lorraine Sommerfeld’s timely, nostalgic, touching, funny pieces every week.

Most can remember those car rides often in station wagons with no seatbelts. How did we all survive? I also recall inhaling a lot of Export plain cigarette smoke from my Dad in the front. Couldn’t open the windows.

Once we had kids the station wagons became minivans. We took our two children Zack and Lara, on dozens of camping trips to Ontario parks, across Canada and the US. On the longer trips we always looked for hotels with a pool preferably one with no algae!

The best way to unwind after a long drive and guaranteed good sleep afterwards.

Thanks Lorraine for rekindling fond memories. Keep up your excellent articles. Thank you.

OAS increase

Not sure the thought process behind the Feds decision to increase OAS by 10 percent only for seniors 75 and older. Anyone eligible for OAS should be receiving the 10 percent as well. This discriminates based on age. Most seniors 65 and older do not have pensions from their place of work. We saved towards our RRSP’s to accumulate money required to live on when we retired. Trudeau you are ignoring 10 years of seniors that could also use the increase.

Thank you YMCA

I am part of a team at Meadowlands Fellowship Christian Reformed Church that is supporting a Ukrainian family of 11 that arrived in Canada on June 13, 2022. We are grateful for the financial, household, and clothing donations that have come through the church and broader community. Specifically, I’d like to thank the YMCA Immigrant Services of Hamilton for the wonderful and caring support they offer to newcomers to Canada. Staff members registered the family for health cards and social insurance numbers. Additional services include language assessments, school registrations and more. The staff are responsive and follow up to connect and offer services. It’s heartwarming to experience the goodness in people and in the services our city has to offer. Thank-you to the YMCA and the City of Hamilton for welcoming and serving newcomers to Canada.

Joanne Spoelstra, Hamilton

Great care

On Sunday July 31st I began to exhibit one of the signs of a stroke (blurred vision in one eye). I decided to go to Joseph Brant urgently to get an opinion. Despite being a long weekend and a full waiting room I was given professional, kind and caring treatment. I received consultation from doctors, nurses, technicians and full support staff of admission and porters. I can only admire the fine people in this organization. This hospital deserves the full support of our community for they are indeed a treasure.

John F Galloni, Burlington

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