The Ottumwa Courier

Letters to the Editor

September 6, 2013

Thanks to emergency responders

On Dec. 21, 2012, at 11 p.m., I was doing fine. I decided to read the paper, sat down in my La-Z-Boy, raised my paper and read just headlines. Something did not seem OK. I looked at the wall in front of me, TV pictures were turning upside down. Within a few seconds, I realized I was paralyzed. I could not move.

I also noticed I could use my left arm. I called 911 and told the operator I'm almost 90 years old, I'm in my La-Z-Boy and can't move. I gave her my name, address, and that my neighbor, Vickie and Phil Thomas, has a key to my house, so you will have to get them up to open my door to get in. She kept me on the phone and made contact with the emergency crew. They all stayed on the line with me.

I arrived at the hospital at 12:02 a.m. Saturday. They ran many tests until 4 a.m., when they sent the nurse in and said we can't find anything wrong with you. You are in such good shape. I called a cab and came home.

I want to thank all the units that came to rescue me: the 911 operator, police department and the wonderful rescue squad that came to my aid and also the wonderful people at the Ottumwa hospital. I'm doing great. I also want to thank the nice people from the fire department.

The final test proved that I had a TIA stroke with full recovery.

Wilbur Swindler


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