Humbling as it was, I consider myself very fortunate to have had the experience of spending nine days in Plumas District Hospital in late August and early September, preceded by three consecutive visits to PDH’s emergency room.
Now, before you write me off as a complete whacko, wondering who in their right mind would consider it special to spend any amount of time in a hospital, I can explain. Oh, I’m also a newly ordained poster-child for following the doctor’s orders, but we’ll get to that.
Ghosts, goblins and other seasonal decorations are popping up around Plumas County, a sure sign that we’re preparing for Halloween. Thanks to our chambers and other groups, trick-or-treating has become a relatively safe affair for our kids. But a few words of caution still seem appropriate.
An estimated 40 million children between the ages of 5 and 14 could hit the trick-or-treat trails this Halloween, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The nation’s emergency physicians want all of them to enjoy holiday traditions safely and not experience any Halloween horrors that would include spending time in the emergency department.