While children were snug in their beds dreaming of sugarplums and waiting for Santa to deliver all those goodies for good little boys and girls, I was fortunate to have good friends and a professional emergency room staff at Juan Luis Hospital helping me after a "stupid" accident. My neighbors came to my call of help, and the ER personnel as quickly as possible administered their expertise, which was nothing but professional.
Yes, I was in the ER on Christmas Eve. There weren't that many cases, so I was thankful that within two hours I was able to go home. However, the staff was there for the duration before and after my case — so another, belated "Merry Christmas" to them. It was obvious they were short of staff — and I personally think short of supplies — but they made me feel welcome and important. I admit I got frustrated after a while, and I still apologize to those staff members for my short temper, because they really were doing their best. I just bet they really would have liked to be home snug in their beds dreaming of sugarplums and Santa.
Well, I give kudos to them (although I dont remember all their names) and personal thanks, because they served me like Santa in fixing my "mistake" with stitches, a tetanus shot, bandages, etc. I only hope that the people of St. Croix and the USVI (including those senators) also give these hard-working people credit. They are good, they are professionals; they just need more help and supplies.
As for my neighbors, I couldn't ask for any better persons. I know they are saying "that's what neighbors are for," but not all neighbors would come to the rescue — especially three times in less than a week (flat tires, no phone, "stupid mistake"). God bless you! Thank you for being there, for being supportive and just being wonderful you's. Happy holiday season. May 2002 be kind to us all.
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