Strength of South Surrey
I would like to extend a great big thank you to the staff at the South Surrey Indoor Pool for their quick response this past Saturday.
I was at the pool for a couple of hours for exercise and relaxation. After I finished my routine and a very good shower, I was leaving the locker room. As I entered the lobby, Barb, the receptionist, noticed I did not look well. I explained I had this pain in my chest from what I thought was a very bad cramp.
I asked her what were the signs of a heart attack. At this point, Barb asked that I sit down and someone would be there to assist me.
Within seconds, there were three lifeguards attending to me as the pain increased. They were there with oxygen and emergency procedures and were helping me to relax. They were very professional and thorough, and helped to make me comfortable. They informed me that they had called 911 and an ambulance was on the way.
In my delirious state, I tried to tell them that I was OK and that it was just a cramp. As they continued to monitor my vital signs, the ambulance staff arrived.
This was my first time seeing an emergency operation in progress. The pool and ambulance staff worked well together. Both units should be honoured for their quick response and professional expertise.
Upon my arrival at Peace Arch Hospital, I was assured by the ambulance crew it may not have been a heart attack. Peace Arch staff took over and their findings were that there was a possible blood clot.
It was the staff at South Surrey Indoor Pool that was the first to react and I am thankful they did. I could have easily gotten into my vehicle and driven away and the situation could have gotten worse.
Thank you, Barb, and your staff for your professional support. Also, Barb followed up at the hospital after her shift – during the snow – to ensure I was OK. I also received a phone call from the manager of the pool, to ensure I was doing well.
This is what we in the South Surrey area should be proud of. I am so thankful to the pool for their concern and support. This is what makes a community strong.
Alfred Anderson, Surrey