It wasn't 'the big one,' but skier gets help needed
One fast ski run turned into a tumultuous 24-hour period where I was helped by a whole host of people I had never met. When I was just coming out of the bottom of "True Fisher" at Discovery Basin I suddenly felt horrible. I recognized those textbook symptoms: pain in the jaw, pain down the left arm, discomfort in the chest.
I skied two more runs but, unfortunately, the pain persisted. So, we headed to the first aid shack, which was the start of being taken care of and given the sensible and professional attention you can only hope for under such circumstances.
After an ambulance ride to Anaconda, and then to Helena, a night in the hospital, and a successful angioplasty surgery, I was released and at home 24 hours after skiing. YIPPEE! It wasn't the BIG ONE after all!
My sincere thanks and gratitude go out to the following people who helped turn that one ski run into a positive result: (my apologies for not knowing full names). My son Andy Herbert, ski patrollers Pat, Ron and Jimmy, Sister Lynn of Georgetown Lake EMS, Loy, Billie, and Taylor of Anaconda EMS, Dr. Dunham and Nurse Blaze of Anaconda Community Hospital, staff from St. Peters Hospital in Helena including Dr. Gallant, Dr. Kuntzweiler, Dr. Harrison, Dr. Kriesberg, Nurse Paul, Surgical Technician Nick Fearon, Nurses Jen T and Jen T, Nurse Rick, Pharmacist Heidi, and countless other technicians and staff I cannot possibly name.
That is indeed a lot of coordinated helping hands, and they do this on a regular and daily basis!! Thanks to all of you, I have more ski turns in my future.
— Tony Herbert, Helena