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Dr. Raymond Rush

This tape is part of the Salt Spring Island Historical society Collection.
Dr. Rush reminisces about his first practice in Ganges, 1930 to 1942.

Accession Number Interviewer Tony Farr, introduced by Ivan Mouat
Date 1977 Location
Media Audio CD
ID 3B Topic




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come from foundation. So I think we're very pleased that Dr. Raj is with this afternoon he was here for some considerable years from the 30s into into the 40s. And he's still going strong. I hear tales of bicycle riding and tennis courts. And so it's very glad you took the time away from the tennis court to visit us today doctor. I'd also like to thank the hostel, those wonderful ladies the hospital auxiliary always service when we look after things for the Board of Management when they need it. And also I understand they've got the the angle of the women helping them and with the tee this afternoon, so thank you very much. We'll also make sure you register put your name down these instructions by the way, this little pink piece of paper was given to me by the chairman of our of our hospital Historical Society, Gordon is a member of the board. And he's looking after he's it's, by the way, Gordon, thank you and, and when to for the radio, I'm imagine she's very involved in getting things set up for the day. So thank you very much. Please let us also have any information. There's sheets of paper here. The only thing I'd ask my wife to refrain from mentioning anything that used to go on in the nurses home.

Unknown Speaker 1:21
We have a list of doctors and I don't think we have the nurses of the matrons that, are they there they are there. Thank you very much. And board members, we hope in the hospital to have a sort of a memory lane or an area where we have the pictures of two of the early members of the board. And I should also I'm sorry I didn't mention earlier we see Dr. Beech who's one of the main founders of the popular feast to welcome his grandson Cyril and his granddaughter Phyllis Newman there we were really pleased to see you here today and as you are aware we are putting the doctors pictures up in the along with Mr. Walters and others members in the hospital. It's nice of you to come to thank you for coming and nothing else to say we're going to have tea later on would you please make sure you register and if you have any information about the what happened when you were here? I don't remember what happened when I was here because I think myself and you Daisy and Benny and quite a few others Bob rush and all his brothers and sisters or brother and sisters were born here who else was born as Jesse

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yes thanks for coming and have a good afternoon. You came to the

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island to the hospital in 1930 Was that your first job or did you come from somewhere else? Yeah, it was my first job really low I did go up to Bella Bella do a locum tenens for Dr. Darby. To to sort of maintain the hospital and Bella Bella how lucky Garvey followed the Indian factory oh the buildings went down to represent that to fish. So that was how I was there. Did you follow them down to reference or no? I maintain the hospital there. While I was there my dad was a doctor living in retired living in West Vancouver when he saw an ad in the paper practice per se I had just graduated in 1929. And you thought well that sounds right and lace over jeans ease through came over and looked at it by look pretty good. And so when I came down he told me about it. And so while I was Bella Bella asked Mr. Gibson, he was a method he was a missionary affair. I said where's Ganges? While he said that's a paradise in the Pacific. So that sounded pretty good to me. So that as a read. I came over to Dr. Sutherland is the doctor she was a rather senior lady doctor. She was wanting to sell her practice so high school I had no money but dad put up the large sum of $4,000 and bought the place for me. But before I came over, I bought I bought myself a 28 Chevy sedan two door sedan. So I felt pretty good about that. So you have to Driving around the island but the same time as Mr. Bullock was driving around, was I I certainly was Mr. Miller well I think I made my name Mr. Bullock he was a squire the island you know? And he he has a great big mole on his nose three quarters of an inch long and after I had met him and I said Mr. Marcus you got to have that thing okay he said so I got up my car and profit team well that was that was the talk of the album was two weeks the doctor big and Mr Bullock's.

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What was the life like here at the hospital at that time it was a very the hospital was very ill equipped really it was non surgical and nothing certainly could be handled in a relay and the eye on at that time was very healthy because there were very few people laid relatively speaking. At that time. I think I only had about four or five surgery cases a year. So I would take them down to Victoria and manage him a little further to a surgeon and assist at the surgery. Don't come back the next day funnily enough the My dad died was 35 and he just bought himself a little Austin Seven. We used to have one of those but you know the the the passenger bucket seat is on two pins and you pull these two pins up. Take the seat out. What I used to do is put another box down there using and pat it up a little bit and I could do act as an ambulance really? PATIENT Do I follow? I am very comfortable. So that that's how I used to handle my major surgery. How did you manage for the accidents that used to happen on the island with log axes and with our vials and things that were very early were very few accidents really little and the one bad accident that really fatal? Was ungai Brown he was right in front of our home as it happened. And he was good at logging came along and he's going to step he stepped on step to step up and he slipped and he fell in the wind would have been too bad if it had if the truck had run right over him but the drivers fell on the brakes. And it just slipped his leg on the back wheels and took all the flesh off and you can see the mare tibia Well, we brought him back. We found verde Roberts that time he's driving the truck and he came up and we're going back to the hospital to my car. There was a hanging by a little bit of flesh. I tried it off and wrapped them up and and fortunately it was just time almost every time but he died on the way and I'm still under bad acts. It was rather gruesome Mr. Barksdale who lived just below us there. Yes, he came up with a bucket of water in Washington bloody Lake. That was George Bodell. Now I know his son Jack in Victoria.

Unknown Speaker 9:31
Yeah, and I remember my first tonsillectomy was Johnny Crompton. And then a long time but because I had to give the anesthetic and go back to my work and

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then I have to give them good weather so I became so excited to pick up part of an hour and a half to It's your job to take a nap on our you know my first patient was column King no column and his brother Ron or that Amen The dairy and this is where the MB bakery now is the main road to why no downtown? No that was price parallel race. The other

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two sources oh yeah two weeks King brothers in the price brothers and the price was

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in the vendors room Yeah, he was my first but he he had somebody in his eye

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and, and funnily enough, just as I got to Ganges this morning by my son said he just got a call from Mrs. Flaming Zinger. Who had just received a phone call from Mrs. Mrs. Ethel Campbell who at that time was a Menzies from Gallup from young Daniel I don't know if this is off on your end anyway that just give

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me her best regards and remind me that that I was hurt first patient in the hospital Well, no one else was any amusing incidents that happened while you were here? I was 12 years amusing.

Unknown Speaker 12:23
Wanted to get back to Mr. Bullock. I've heard you I presume you've heard all about him. Oh, yes. I read about him. Well, as is his doctor. He said now in my wheel. There's no hope there was $5 and use desperately afraid of being very light. Now I don't want you to cut my throat to make sure I did. So but I never got the $5 because I moved off the board you die

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now the Oh yeah. I think one of the first maternity cases was Mrs. Lim Cropper.

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And she had twins. She was in a single bed. No one needs that list. And believe it or not both babies for breech presentations.

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So I had to go in and turn them, deliver them, give them a goodbye or whatever. So it was quite a job. And then I realized that there was no material no proper maternity table. So I thought oh, let's let's let's make one. So I knew that John, Graeme Fulford, he was excellent carpenter designed a split delivery table, you know, that came together and then when the time came for delivery, you just pull the lower part of the lane legs rather than stirpes. So I guess that was one of my contributions

Unknown Speaker 14:32
there's one called a mistake or not, but once I've had a colles fracture, I thought in my mind going, I could put underneath all and reduce the fact that it can cast on make a big deal out of it. I'll try local anesthetic so I rejected a game and reduced it to three not fine. We're gonna send them a little over $20 million waited for months, you know? How about that? Pay my bill and not mentioning names? Oh, well, I say you did nothing. He just put the little needle in there. And that's all you did. I could have made a big deal out of it too. But that's human nature for you. Did you ever pay it? I can't remember. I can't remember.

Unknown Speaker 15:48
I just, I just made a few notes just as I was coming over my head to say something. I got a few down here. I don't know whether I should say I did make the odd mistake. Going up before I said that. Another incident was the Gilbert Mullen. He developed I was coming down to see him. And he was quite you know, he had an acute ear infection. And I had a goodly double bed Nightcrawler crushed us my horoscope and I found this those years ago, which I never had to be inside. Fortunately, I had the instrument so I made it a paracentesis relieve the pressure during the patient. But funnily enough, that's the only case I want to read to do that, because certainly if he gets antibiotics came in and he's seen what does that do antibiotics for antibody antibiotics. And it's not given to you

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one, another case, just one case, it was an elder young chap, you know. And I had that this was my first practice this way that she would be well known around well, good connections and so on. She had pains in her leg. I truly do expect massage and so on. Then she wasn't getting any better. So she went down to Victoria. And until the exam was done, and they found she had a very big, large, very tumor covered with cancer, which is pressing on the sciatic nerve and still died, but that was caused for pain. But again, ironically, I've never had one and all my 50 years of practice I've never read one of those cheeks. But of course it wouldn't be the first taste here that I have that make the mistake. But last week I guess all doctors make the odd mistake Well, there was another device confinement i was to attend. And there was a very officious lady who was a friend of the patient and she said she decided that she should be delivered home but she wasn't again maybe really messy. Yes, my lord shiva hospital Well, it was very long confinement but the baby was nice little farm but didn't bring and I just could not get lost. I lost the baby. That was a mistake on my part. I should always if you don't know their friend or the patient was older and played officious efficient and she didn't know what medicine someone what could you have done in hospital that had oxygenics More and more assistance. But that's that's mescaline goes where did you go?

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Where did you graduate?

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alveolar Snowbird 29 One of the things my view. Certainly after I came here, I came here came down careering down oh I shouldn't say careering down that hill fast maybe and through the late Mr. Tweto he was he was a constable

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came up thanks for coming down that hill so nobody can do a Sleepy Hollow that's Oh yeah we're getting back from maternity cases I had to go to the I had to go to Victoria

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for some reason rather and I knew Mrs. Crawford was was you know not fairly soon so I thought I'd have her drop in you know and check to make sure you know you'd be safe for me to leave which I did and there is there's absolutely no sign no symptoms of a term delivery at all. Wouldn't you know when I got back that evening she had delivered a baby but fortunately or Miss Miss Bettis you know was an old remoaners and she had she had delivered them and everything was satisfactory and they were quite glad that that was it. Well in contrast Nisa came at another time he was due and she had about six children and she was pretty fast delivery so I thought well mine and again I had to go to Victoria so I went to Victoria got back and she was still sitting pretty quiet but she didn't deliver for about 10 days later and when I examined her she was she was practicing fully dilated now ready to go so that's

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it needed is out there we'd like to see you okay

Unknown Speaker 22:43
yeah well I can go on for a long time. The island Rosanna more or less divided the Anglicans and the raid series Mr. Bullets that pass through my chest he was laying there it's most of the murder on Dr. Rush is nice but minus two baddies that ain't is too bad His name is when saw Dr. Lawson at that time that we were both members of the mainstream

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that enough, is there anything else you feel it'd be? Interesting it did.

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Gordon Brown suggested that to make sure that the Webster was aware of this this timing Did you tell him and then

Unknown Speaker 23:58
I took that as a pool table in a bill seven by nine pool. I had no place to put the darn thing. So I had I had to build a place. No host system just decided to put it in. So I borrowed so I knew nothing about carpentry. Except in elementary. I didn't want to go right angles into what to do before is on the ground. To other two by fours that's when I figured there'd be a right angle. You know, looking pretty good. So I thought we'd make it on the run virtually. But our board didn't matter. are supposed to be the people that the green was supposed to be 10 by 20. Well, I found out later that the petite measure was a foot short

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but we're still

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in that same building, one of the badasses repaired a canoe.

Unknown Speaker 25:33
Remember that? Oh, another thing? Yeah. I went to work on being autonomous. A red canoe with a big hole the burden. So as Mr. Trudeau he was the constable until I had that canoe. Sure, take the darn thing, which I did and pulled up to the house. And then I told Charlie Bettis, who was a real good chap to try to come up with this dinner for him, which he did. And we covered it with Canvas and paint like new and we still have we still have a vendor that

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we haven't used it for many years but I remember Joy tiny keyboard with it before he was married.

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Really, this is something that's really to say really. I think we were one of the first one of the first to have Bendix washer and dryer installed and move the first avenue oil barrier putting our pitchers gold we had long we had a piano and one in my house. And it always there there was no there was an old furnace in the building but it was never used. But there was no new hot water radiators. So I decided might be a good idea to put a some pipes in the furnace in the fireplace. You see the bottom and also up at that reading with the back do you get the moonwalk from both sides. And also I decided to put a reader behind the furnace to the far end room then the panel there a bit that wouldn't work because it wouldn't go underground. Deep dogs will look and say what the heck with us. You got nothing to lose. No, we'll try it worked

Unknown Speaker 28:10
well thank you very much