Thursday, January 28, 2016

Vashon EMTs. Our experience.

Several weeks ago our children were in a car accident (with an adult other than their parents).  I don't want to go into the details of the car accident.  Except to talk about Vashon EMTs.

Our two kids (ages 1 and 6) were transferred to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.  When I got the call that something had happened I talked to one of the EMTs.  I believe it was a Captain.  He introduced himself and said, very reassuringly, "Everyone seems to be just fine. We are doing this as protocol." He walked me through what was going to happen. And called 2 more times before they arrived at HMC (I was in Seattle when I got the call).

When they finally arrived at the ER, our 1 year old was sound asleep on on EMT's shoulder.  Our 6 year old had been well comforted.  They had thought to scour the car for things like a bottle, diaper bags, car seats and all the stuff we would need for a long day in the ER.

What they brought most of all was a load of compassion.  They talked to us in a humane way. They were gracious, communicative and did their job so so so well!  I honestly couldn't believe how kind they were.

We also learned weren't going to receive a bill.  An emergency transfer to a hospital is apparently part of our property taxes.

Monday, January 25, 2016


Before we ever moved to Vashon and were living in Seattle we came over to buy a piece of furniture from craigslist.  It was rainy wet,  I was pregnant and we were trying to figure out some furniture for the baby's room. . .

So on this day trip we stopped at Cafe Luna.  We had coffee and a pastry and while we were there I used the washroom.  It was the washroom that convinced me I wanted to move toVashon.  No not the toilet or the soap or whatever, it was all the signs in the bathroom.  The events, the discussions, the classes, the all seemed like stuff I could appreciate in my community.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Winter Closures

The Vashon Bakery and Snapdragon are both closed for a couple of weeks.  I find this quiet charming!  After all shouldn't people be able to take vacations.

It does however seem to me that they would benefit from not being closed at the same time.