Letters: Not just a trim

I just sat down in the reclining chair, relaxed, leaned back, got my hair wet when I had a sharp cramp in my chest.

Editor, The News:

Recently, I went to get my haircut. Leslie has cut it a few times previously always does a great job and is always very personable. I was looking forward to it.

It was just a few minutes past 11:30 a.m. when I walked in. She greeted me and asked if I wanted a shampoo. I said, ‘sure.’

I just sat down in the reclining chair, relaxed, leaned back, got my hair wet when I had  a sharp cramp in my chest.

I scrambled up, apologized and said, ‘I have to stretch it out.’ I tried. The cramp got worse. I said, ‘I’ll try to walk it off.’

Se said I should go to the hospital; this went on for a minute or two. I couldn’t get rid of the cramp and now I was getting anxious, as well. Repeatedly and calmly she offered to drive me to the hospital. I didn’t want to impose.

In no time at all, she pulled her car up front. I squeezed in and Leslie drove off to emergency, talking to me the whole time, telling me to breathe, trying to keep me calm.

The pressure was still the same in my chest. Leslie came in with me and asked if she could phone my wife. I really didn’t want Chris to get this kind of phone call at work. She had been through enough with my quad bypass in 2014.

Leslie offered to stay until my family got there, and in no time my daughter Nikki and granddaughter Melody arrived and my wife Chris a short time later.

After a long day in a very busy emergency and many tests later, we finally left after 8 p.m.

Leslie, my family and I cannot thank you enough for your kindness, caring and generosity. You will always be in our hearts for your humanity, what you did without a second thought.

Rolf Raqué

Maple Ridge