On Aug. 19, my daughter was to be married in my backyard around 7 p.m. At 6, I began slicing tomatoes for the barbecue to follow with a brand-new Mandolin Slicer. Because I was in a hurry, I neglected to use the safety guard, and sliced off the pad on my right pinky. A right fifth fingertip avulsion is the more medical term.
My nephew rushed me to the emergency room at Providence Medical Center in Everett, where the admitting clerk was very kind and understanding. My panicked state of mind, coupled with the pain, probably made me less than an ideal patient, but everyone treated me with kindness and respect. They all did their best to get me back to the festivities as soon as possible, even going so far as letting me use their phone to call my daughter, and crying right along with me.
I just have to give a special shout out to Dr. Norland, Raelene and Travis for taking such good care of me.
The wedding went off without a hitch, albeit 2 1/2 hours late.
Thank you, Providence, for making my visit a positive experience!