Lighten up – column on Saint Louise ER wasn’t written to be venomous

DEAR EDITOR:
April Manns, a healthcare worker from Fremont happened to read a
recent column and was incensed by it and what she called my lack of
research before

spewing my venom.

DEAR EDITOR:

April Manns, a healthcare worker from Fremont happened to read a recent column and was incensed by it and what she called my lack of research before “spewing my venom.”

I don’t know how healthcare workers from Gilroy felt about the column in which I compared my late night visit to the St. Louise ER to a visit to the Land of Oz, but I certainly meant no criticism of their dedication and hard work. Those who read my column on a regular basis know I would never trash the reputation of anyone who serves others. But Ms. Mann was reading me out of context and is not a regular subscriber.

Several friends of mine are nurses, and I have great respect for them. I also admire the many wonderful volunteers, such as Vi Taylor and the great work she does at the hospital. But come on, don’t I have the right to take what was for me a very scary experience of visiting the hospital ER for the first time alone and late at night – and look for the humor in a dark situation?

Isn’t that the best way to handle fear and embarrassment? Lighten up, Ms. Manns; it was a satire. It was a Halloween story, not fact-finding journalism. Next time, try not to check your sense of humor at the door.

P.S. Watch for future stories of the great work being done at St. Louise.

Kat Teraji, Gilroy

Submitted Friday, Nov. 15 to [email protected]

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