Lichen

I took time off from work last week – the first week I have had off since January 2020. It was not a complete holiday since I had gone away to write, but it was a complete break from my usual work. Internet was lousy and cell phone coverage was even worse. I disconnected from…

Endless Cups of Tea

Everyone needs their own plan to manage stress. My plan involves having soothing cups of tea throughout the day. For a brief period during the pandemic, my hospital gave out free tea, coffee, and beverages to staff. I loved it! It was as if I was being reminded deliberately to remember to take a break.…

My COVID-19 Journal – Day 24

Every day I look at all the COVID-19 news and statistics that I can find. I’ve turned into one of those people busy checking every online report and comparing data. I’m not surfing news channels yet, but it’s close. I read about the trends in COVID-19 infection. I’m relieved to hear that, in British Columbia…

My COVID-19 Journal- Day 22

Today, I worked with a new team on a different unit in my hospital, dedicated professionals willing to risk their own health – within reason – to look after some of the most vulnerable mental health patients in this city. They are coming together quickly, working at breakneck speed. We are building an entirely new…

The Impact of Obamacare

On Friday evening in Ottawa, President Barack Obama told the capacity crowd at the Canadian Tire Centre that, under the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), 20 million more Americans received access to health care insurance. Obama believes that this is one of the accomplishments of his Presidency that has had the greatest impact on America and…

Book Review – Little Yellow House

Just before Christmas, I visited Edmonton for a weekend. To feed my Independent Bookstore habit, I sought out Audrey’s Books. As a souvenir, I found Carissa Halton’s Little Yellow House: Finding Community in a Changing Neighbourhood. I am pleased to add it to my bookshelf alongside Happy City and Streetopia. Whenever I read such books,…

Do You Want to be a Consumer or a Patient?

Last week, I was annoyed by a few newspaper articles in which those persons using health care services were called “consumers”. I’ve had enough of that. I want the people using health care services to be called “patients” again. What is a “consumer”? My Canadian Oxford Dictionary defines “consumer” as “a person who purchases goods…