Laura Nelson: Grand Lake, a helpful community |

Laura Nelson: Grand Lake, a helpful community

On Friday, March 9, at 6:30 a.m., my dog and I were walking along Cairns Street when I slipped on ice and fell down, breaking my left leg in three places.

After I had been lying in the street for a while, along came David Johnson, the water superintendent for Grand Lake, who brought me home. After getting me in the house, he helped me gather my thoughts and decide what I should do next. David may drive a white truck, but as far as I am concerned, he rode up on a white horse and truly saved me!

I was so frightened and in so much pain. David just took over and took care of me. I appreciate David more than I can ever express.

I called Toni Rowan of the Candy Lane Sweet Shop, who came to take me to the hospital. Sharon King and Will O’Donnell came over to help get me into Toni’s car as I was unable to walk. Toni stayed with me through the entire experience of E.R., and then took me to get my prescription, and brought me home. Toni has kept an eye on me as I have recovered. She has been a real friend through this entire situation.

Elin Capps has also kept an eye on me, dropping in the check on my condition and bringing me food and conversation. Diane, the post mistress, has also checked on me on a regular basis, brought me food, and walked my dog. I appreciate these ladies and their watchful eyes.

And then, there is “Saint Sharon” King, of Mountain Lake Properties. Sharon has taken me to my doctor’s appointments, even driving me to Steamboat Springs for the surgery, and staying with me through the procedure, and then driving me back home. Sharon walks my dog many times a day, helps me with my errands, and makes sure that I am OK. I would have been totally lost without the help of Sharon, whom I cannot thank enough.

All these people are examples of the kind that one finds when they move to Grand Lake. All of these people are cut from special cloth. I am blessed to have them for friends. Thank you, thank you, thank you for being there for me.

Laura Nelson

Grand Lake

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