Gerald Colrud: Thank you for help
July 15, 2015
To the editor
On the 19th of June, I was feeling really bad, was really dizzy, light headed, couldn't put a sentence together and vomiting a lot to the point I was dehydrated. So a friend of mine came over, had brought me some drinks because there would have been no way I would have been able to go to the grocery store and comprehend what I needed to do. So anyway, the friend that came over suggested that I go to the emergency department at our local hospital. I fiddled around for a while longer and finally took it upon myself to go to the emergency room. That was the point where it pretty much goes blank. The next thing I remember is the ER doctor coming into my room and telling me they are going to fly me to Grand Junction, to the hospital for possible kidney dialysis.
Then I met the crew of the Life Flight helicopter, and their names are as follows:
The Pilot was Michael Hunt
The Nurse was Justin Partin
The Medic was Michael Engstrom
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Now I don't know that much about what happens to the kidney's when they shut down, but I didn't relish the idea of having to have dialysis for the rest of my life, or even for a little bit of time. So I can honestly say that had it not been for the Life Flight crew mentioned above, I may have had to endure a life of inconvenience, if not a life hooked up to a machine that does the work that my kidney's should be able to accomplish. Then top it off with a person going above and beyond the call of duty, when I got to the hospital my cellphone battery was, for all intents and purposes, dead — lack of charge. So the following day the pilot of the helicopter brought his personal charger in, so that I could put a charge on my phone and call my family to let them know what had transpired and keep them up to date.
Well now to the point of this whole story. I would like to somehow, some way acknowledge the crew of the Life Flight and give a big thank you, especially to the pilot for allowing me to use his charger for my phone so I could give the doctors all the contacts of the most important pieces of my life, my family.
Thanks crew for one of the most interesting flights I have ever been on in my life.