‘Birth­day present’ likely saved my life

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - THE SOCIAL PAGE -

I was cross­ing Hen­der­son High­way at the cross­walk across from North­dale Shop­ping Cen­tre early the morn­ing of my 57th birth­day.

There was no traf­fic that I could see north­bound ex­cept an out-of-ser­vice city tran­sit bus in the curb lane. The driver was very near the cross­walk so I was plan­ning to wait for him to pass, but he stopped to let me cross.

I pressed the but­ton to ac­ti­vate the flash­ing lights and stepped off the curb. As I was just about to walk past the bus, the driver honked sev­eral times which made me look up just in time to see a car pass­ing through the cross­walk right in front of me. In just one more nanosec­ond, had I kept walk­ing, that car surely would have hit me.

I don’t know who you are, Mr. Alert Bus Driver, but I thank you from the bot­tom of my heart for sav­ing me from im­pend­ing harm and quite pos­si­bly sav­ing my life.

Yours was the best birth­day gift I got that day! Bless you. I headed out for a bike ride in the Fort Garry area. When I made a sharp turn, my front wheel skid­ded on loose gravel, bring­ing my bike and me crash­ing to the ground.

Feel­ing some­what em­bar­rassed, I im­me­di­ately got back on my bike and ped­aled away, I looked down and no­ticed my leg bleed­ing and my el­bow was be­gin­ning to throb. When I got off my bike to check my leg, a lady ap­proach­ing me. She had seen my ac­ci­dent and fol­lowed me to make sure I was OK. The best news of all: she was a nurse! Af­ter ex­am­in­ing my scrapes, she had me fol­low her to her car, where she had first aid sup­plies. She pro­ceeded to clean my wounds and ex­pertly ap­plied ban­dages. We ended our en­counter with big hugs, but we for­got to ex­change names. Ev­ery time I am out on my bike, I re­mem­ber this kind stranger.

I want to thank her for tak­ing such good care of me.

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