May 25, 1998
This week, we have a story written by Georgina Vicky Lunn, from Scotch Village, Nova Scotia. Vicky, as she prefers to be called, is orginally from Newfoundland. Before she began at the Hants Shore Literacy Program, she could not read or write letters to her family, and she could not write cheques to pay her bills. She would never get involved in community activities. Since then, Vicky has served as Chairman of the Board of the Literacy Program, and she has encouraged many people to join the program. She frequently tutors her 8-year old grand-daughter with her school work. Vicky's pastimes are gardening, making crafts such as slippers and Christmas ornaments, as well as baking and preparing foods like jam and pickles.
This accident took place on August 29, 1987, at 2 o'clock in the afternoon. Leroy was working with our landlord's father on the roof of the house when he fell off. He'd broken his two feet and all his ribs. We tried to get him in the truck and car, but we had to call the ambulance for him. It took 45 minutes for the ambulance to get there. It was on Smeltzer Road, Upper Vaughan. When we got there, the doctor was on at the hospital. The doctor took x-rays and said he had broken his two feet, but he said he could not do anything for him. He had to go to Halifax. When the doctor told me that, I guess I went into shock. The doctor said that he had to give me two nerve pills and a cup of tea. That was to calm me down. G.S. and his wife came to the hospital in Windsor with me. This happened on my friend's anniversary party. My son stayed with me while I was in Halifax. At the hospital in Halifax, the doctor had to do the surgery the next day. When Leroy came out of the surgery, he did not know me. His blood pressure was high and he had a tempertature at a hundred and eleven for two weeks. The doctor said he might come out of it with more things damaged, even his brain. They said that he might never walk again, but his determination made him walk after four months in a wheelchair and he is still walking. They gave him ten years to walk, and then he'd go back to a wheelchair again. He is still going strong!
[This story was taken with permission, from a collection of stories written by learners throughout Nova Scotia, entitled Over the Mountain II, p. 56.]