Thanks for being there for us

To the editor:

In the first week of November, I underwent emergency surgery at Adirondack Health, here in Saranac Lake. I was hospitalized for 10 days following that surgery. In those days and since, I experienced the most incredible generosity, compassion and kindness that our North Country community of professionals and friends have to offer. I want to acknowledge and thank those who supported me and my husband during what I consider to be some of the most challenging days of my life.

Starting with the Saranac Volunteer Rescue Squad, who responded with an off-duty fly car and Friday night volunteers, I am truly grateful for your professionalism, tender care and transport to the hospital. Thank you to the group of physicians who quickly identified my issues and fixed them. To those compassionate, kind and caring nurses who took care of me, I can’t begin to tell you what a difference you made in getting me through an extraordinarily difficult time. Your sympathetic, patient, understanding, sensitive and proactive care helped me turn the corner during my recovery. Thank you also to the radiology staff who tenderly transported me, gently maneuvered me and patiently helped me understand the multiple scans and X-rays required to better analyze my problems. Thanks also go to the dietary/nutrition staff who daily, cheerfully and patiently assisted me with making nutritious selections from the limited choices my dietary restrictions allowed. Thanks also go the housekeeping staff who cheerfully cleaned my room and kept me safe.

To all our incredible friends who left food for my husband, ran errands, offered to step up for pet care, completed unfinished garden chores, played music over the phone, sent cards and beautiful flowers to cheer me, came to see me, advocated for me, volunteered for any needed assistance and offered constant support during my hospital stay and since, I can’t begin to find the words to express my thanks. Your kindness, compassion, generosity and assistance was and still is amazing. I absolutely can’t imagine how we’d have made it through without you all. Thank you so much for being there for us. We will never forget what your friendship has meant to us.

Susan Nolde



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