Friday, April 19, 2013

How to Solve the Health Care Problem

Decades ago I was told that to make money in the long-term you have to spend money.  And this is what the Province should be doing respecting health care.  No harm will result.   More jobs will be created thus more revenue will recirculate into the economy. And among the compounding effects will be that we will all have security of person. We will not have to worry about whether or not we are receiving optimal care because of budget restraints. Start medical training in Grade 10 so that upon graduation everyone is a LPN and those credits can be applied to a RN degree.  Look upon health care as a natural renewable resource and it will attract investment from around the world in the spinoff industries.

I did a terrible thing yesterday.  A man I assume was from India offered to share his over sized umbrella with me and Randy and I told him that it wasn't necessary.  I said that rain was good for the earth and also us humans.  I should have allowed the comfort of his umbrella and chat with him as we walked the two blocks in the pouring rain to the entrance of George Pearson Centre.  If I see him again, this tall elderly man from India, I will run after him and apologize. An offer of kindness has to be appreciated. (Randy was covered in a rain cape especially designed for wheelchairs)

I still haven't heard anything from the VCH's Ethics Committee on why Randy was bombarded with DNRs these past six months.  This discussion happened many times and each time we voted for full code and VCH seemed intent on voting for a DNR.  Caution:  if you do not have 110% confidence in the medical/legal system never agree to a DNR.  Do not believe the quality of life issues VCH will argue. Life is worth it no matter what. Too many mistakes can be made with DNRs, Advance Directives, Living Wills, etc. Research it on the web. Ask yourself why the push for DNRs...start with of life care.


Sunday, April 14, 2013

Nothing Changes

I went for a short walk to GPC at 11:00 am.  I wanted to know Randy's status as he wasn't looking well.  He was lethargic, unhappy and needed a suction. Since no one was available after about twenty minutes I used the call bell.  Ten minutes later a staff member arrived and said to me that he doesn't have to talk to me as I am not a patient...
1.  Because of Randy's injury, he cannot talk;
2.  Randy isn't looking well as he has an infection and needs someone to be his voice and expects me to look after him..


Saturday, April 13, 2013

Aftermath of Hospital Report Card 2013

Referring to the B.C.Minister of Health's comment that 90% of the people are happy with the excellent care provided by VCH on CKNW on Thursday (Bill Good's show), .what about the other 100,000 people, (the ten percent) who do not share her view.  We are talking 100,000 people in the Vancouver area alone..


Wednesday, April 10, 2013

VGH's Report Card (CBC's Fifth Estate)

VGH has been assigned a D; I suspect GPC must be a F.

This indicator measures the number of patients per 1,000 who develop problems tied to nursing care such as urinary tract infections, bed sores, pneumonia or broken bones. Nurses are not solely responsible but studies show a strong link to low nurse staffing levels. see

At GPC I have never heard or even seen any nursing staff being "burned out" from being overworked.  And no patient/resident at GPC will ever attest to that.

So Randy has been getting poor nursing care as I have suspected:of his urinary tract infections, bed sores, pneumonia, broken bones, psychological neglect....



Sunday, April 7, 2013

An advocate

This past week a medical professional complimented me on being such a good advocate for Randy.  I have heard that before.  My response to her was why does Randy need an advocate.  If the medical establishment was doing its job advocacy would not be necessary.  The medical profession has convinced the government that it is policing itself so the government does nothing. I still haven't got a reply from the Ethics Committee as to if it will look into the events surrounding Randy's DNRs.  When did quality of life rather than life itself become the medically accepted norm ...

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