PETERS – To the staff at Royal Inland Hospital: Thank you
Posted on December 18, 2021 in Local Voices, Page One, Peters // 1 Comment
LIFE CAN CHANGE IN AN INSTANT. That instant comes for all of us — it just doesn’t have the common courtesy to warn us ahead of time.
For me, that instant came on a Saturday evening in November. My wife and teenage daughter dined out together and I remained home to supervise my son and two of his friends. I was looking forward to a relaxing evening at home.
While standing in the kitchen eating a slice of pizza, I was struck with a pain in my chest and back of a magnitude I had never experienced before. It felt as if all the soft tissue in my torso was being torn in two.
I lost my breath. I became nauseous. Not immediately grasping the seriousness of the situation, I retreated to a bathroom where I collapsed onto the floor.
Still conscious, I texted my wife two consecutive messages: “You have to come home” and “I need you.” Calling out to my son was futile; he and his friends were having fun in another part of the house and couldn’t hear me.
James Peters is the radio anchor at CFJC, coming to Kamloops in 2006. He anchors the afternoon news on B-100 and 98.3 CIFM, and contributes weekly editorials to the CFJC Evening News. He tweets regularly @Jamloops.
Well written from the heart, James.
Thank you and Merry Christmas.