Recently, I awoke having great difficulty breathing. My wife called 911 and I was taken to Everett Providence Hospital. I was stabilized in the emergency room, and then moved up to the fourth floor.
Lying there that Memorial Day, I thought about being home having a barbecue, a cold brew and paying tribute to our fallen American armed forces heroes, then realizing I was at the right place that Memorial Day, surrounded by another type of American heroes.
The first responders from Silvana Fire, who transported me in the wee hours that Monday, to the emergency room nurses and doctors who stabilized me, not thinking about their safety and well being, but of mine. To the fourth floor nurses and doctors who monitored me around the clock.
The media is all about speaking of hate toward people of color, and a relatively new phrase to me, “white privilege.” I was cared for by many people of color, with many different ethnic backgrounds.
These men and women were very professional, kind and compassionate, and for my definition of white privilege I felt privileged to be cared for by these great American heroes. We live in the United States of America. I think it’s time to revisit the United part.
To the men and women at Providence, stand tall.
God bless you, and God bless America.
Terry M. Kissinger