Helpful hands

Friday, August 23, 2019

First on scene

Posted By on Fri, Aug 23, 2019 at 9:05 AM

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I just wanted to thank all of the wonderful people who stopped to help me after I flipped over the handlebars of my motorbike driving down the Bedford Highway earlier this week. A huge thank-you to the off-duty firefighter and two nurses who stopped to help, to the guy who called 911, to the guy who used his shirt to shield me from the blistering sun and the woman who lent me her sunglasses. If I am forgetting to thank others who had stopped, I apologize but it is still all a blur. None of you needed to do what you did, but I am very thankful and grateful that there are people like you out there.
—Battered, Bruised, Bit-broken Biker
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Thursday, August 22, 2019

10 out of 10 experience (there were SNACKS)

Posted By on Thu, Aug 22, 2019 at 3:53 PM

I had to get an abortion here in NS a few months ago, and as a young individual who absolutely could not tell my parents, I was understandably terrified. However, what I found was that Nova Scotia has a GREAT abortion set up. It's super-easy to self-refer to the Women's Choice Clinic, and set up the necessary appointments and everything (the wait time is minimal). When they call you, it's a blocked number so no one around you get suspicious. It's all run by women, and everyone is so nice. At no point did anyone try to convince me against getting an abortion, and all the nurses and doctors were so nice.

The actual day-of process was smooth, the waiting rooms have couches, colouring books, snacks and music playing. There are lots of other women there going through the same thing, and honestly it's a very supportive atmosphere. You can opt to have pain killers and an anti-anxiety med to calm you down. Afterwards you are given a popsicle (& more snacks) and you go to a recovery room until you are ready to go. You are also referred to a psychologist if you feel you need it (not mandatory). Not only was the entire process free, but easy as well. The full process for me took less than two hours, from 8-9:30am. I was the first of my group to go, so it may have been a bit longer for others, but very efficient altogether. Literally the only downside was that music was also playing in the surgery room, and now "Brown Eyed Girl" is forever tainted. (But honestly not really because not one part of this experience was traumatic or scary because of the care taken for the women.)

I'm so happy Nova Scotia has such accessible abortions, and such a wonderful set-up to support women. 10 out of 10 best hospital experience ever, please don't be afraid of feel ashamed. <3
—Young, Sometimes Dumb, But Well Taken Care Of
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Tuesday, August 6, 2019

To the women at the Women’s Choice Clinic that assisted me during my abortion

Posted By on Tue, Aug 6, 2019 at 10:12 AM

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Among the contentious debate in the United States concerning women’s right to choose, I found myself in the midst of making my own choice: To continue with an unplanned pregnancy, or to access Halifax’s abortion services. I chose the latter. Naturally, I was scared of the process, and scared about the judgement that I could face from pro-life medical practitioners.

All I can say is thank god for the staff at the clinic. They were nothing short of miracle workers, and made a really, really shitty situation into an empowering, validating experience. They helped me to understand that it is OK—and well within my right—to say that it is not my time to be a parent. They allowed me to cry, and they understood that while I was confident in my choice, I was still harbouring guilt over having to make it. I did not experience ANY judgment towards my choice, and felt nothing but a sense of deep personal respect.

To the one nurse in particular (you know who you are), please know that you are a beacon of hope in an otherwise traumatic situation. You held my hand and wiped tears of emotional and physical discomfort from my face, all while telling me that I was doing the right thing for me. I will never forget the kindness you showed me, and I hope you know that you and your colleagues are making a huge difference in the lives of women in Halifax.
—The PhD Candidate
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Saturday, August 3, 2019

Feeling grateful

Posted By on Sat, Aug 3, 2019 at 11:06 AM

On Tuesday morning I had a bad fall on the edge of Victoria Park. I fell into the boxes for The Coast and Metro, they both went over and the base of one came up and made a serious gash in my leg. I want to thank the young man who came to my assistance, he helped me up and was quite concerned. I had no idea how badly I was injured until 37 staples later. Many thanks to the young man who rushed to help me.
—On the mend 😊
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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Thanks for helping with my hands!

Posted By on Wed, Jul 31, 2019 at 10:51 AM

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To the lady who stopped and helped me (around Oxford/Vienna/Berlin Streets) with some hand injuries after a bad fall Saturday night, thank you for helping me get home and assisting with the bleeding. (I ended up getting stitches at the ER.) I appreciate your kindness!!
—Street Faller
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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Good Samaritan on Inglis!

Posted By on Tue, Jul 23, 2019 at 4:12 PM

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THANK YOU SO MUCH, PAM! For finding and returning my nerdy Star Wars wallet, still with cash.
—Dumby Who Left His Wallet On The Back Of His Truck
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Monday, July 8, 2019

A credit to humanity

Posted By on Mon, Jul 8, 2019 at 3:13 PM

Thank you, "Susan in Halifax," for finding and reporting my credit card lost! You saved me from quite the hassle! I hope some good karma comes your way! —WK
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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Kind gestures

Posted By on Tue, May 14, 2019 at 3:53 PM

On Friday, I was waiting in line in uniform with my work partner at a well loved, local coffee shop. As it came time to tap my card and pay, a very kind stranger placed his hand out and insisted on purchasing our drinks. I informed him that I was actually buying beans for my own machine, too, and that he did not have to make such a generous gesture. He continued to insist and thanked us greatly for all that we do. We do not frequently get recognition in my profession unless people need our services (and I hope you never do). Although I thanked him profusely in store, I would like to extend my gratitude and express how happy recognition made me and my coworkers feel. Thank you sir in the grey plaid shirt.
—Emergency services workers everywhere
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Monday, April 15, 2019

Humanity

Posted By on Mon, Apr 15, 2019 at 2:13 PM

It took me a while to get around to this, but I want to say thank you. Thank you to all the kind people who stopped when my car broke down on the corner of Woodlawn Road and Mount Edward Road in Dartmouth a few weeks ago. Although I had it under control and was just waiting for a tow truck, at least two strangers pulled over to make sure I was OK. I appreciate it. It just shows that humanity does still exist, between all the stares and rude looks of passer-bys. Thank you and I hope your days all go well.
—Stranded with a missing tire
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Monday, February 4, 2019

Shout out to the kind bus drive on the #1 route

Posted By on Mon, Feb 4, 2019 at 4:56 PM

When you saw a lady approaching the bus, slipping on the icy sidewalk, you stopped without hesitation and went out to help her. You could have driven away and let her catch the next bus, but you did not. Thank you for reminding me there are good people in this world. I wish there were more people like you.
—Bus passenger in awe of your goodness
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Monday, October 29, 2018

I took a fall

Posted By on Mon, Oct 29, 2018 at 4:36 PM

HUGE thanks to the kind folks who helped me when I fell off my bike and got a concussion last Tuesday by Coburg Road. Y'all helped me up, called the ambulance and got my bike in a safe place while I was being taken care of. Also thanks to the kindest of EMTs: You two could not have made me feel more comfortable and not like a complete fool. I wish I could buy you all a cup of coffee!
—Silly girl who from now on will always wear a helmet
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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Garbage Collectors Are Great

Posted By on Thu, Aug 16, 2018 at 11:24 AM

The rules state that I am allowed two bulky items but I had three: A mattress/box spring, a dresser and bookshelf. I put them all out figuring what the heck, and that if something was left I would just move it and put it out again the next time. But you guys/gals took the whole lot making my moving situation that much less stressful! Thank-you, thank-you, thank-you!
—Dunking Streets
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Monday, June 11, 2018

Caring so well

Posted By on Mon, Jun 11, 2018 at 12:00 PM

To all the nurses and doctors who work at a local children's hospital the weekend my daughter was admitted for her asthma attack. (May long weekend) You all were so kind, we end up there almost every year due to a flu bug that causes her asthma to act up. You treat her like she was your own. Thank you for making a stressful time less stressful. —A Grateful Mom

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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Great Samaritans

Posted By on Tue, May 29, 2018 at 12:00 PM

My Honda Civic died at the gas station on Pleasant Street, and you two kind human beings took time out of your no doubt full and happy lives to help me. Even though it didn't work and we couldn't get the car to start, we fist-bumped and parted ways. N and B (and B's very patient young sons), we all entered that parking lot alone, but we briefly became a team. What could have been really isolating and terrible for me was made so much better because of your kindness and good humour. By the way, we were on the right track trying to jump the battery...it ended up being the alternator! Thanks again—you two are the BEST! —R

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Thursday, May 10, 2018

To the airline agent yesterday

Posted By on Thu, May 10, 2018 at 12:06 PM

Thank you for booking my flight without charge, thank you for understanding how my ADHD makes it hard to manage time, thank you for the tissues and empathy. I hope you know how much stress that prevented. —Scatter Brain (But Working On It)

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