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      So true. It's about making mindful choices with our time.
      Oh now I miss my roller derby days! I think about getting back in from time to time. It certainly was a way to keep fit but I don't think I can factor the recovery time on top of travel and training either.

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        Congrats on full circuit! also Norma


        I'm sorry your father's back at the hospital, I hope he'll be alright soon ​​​​​​​

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            Thank you:
            CODawn
            Mamatigerj
            Anek
            NancyTree
            AnnieW

            Word from the hospital last night is that my father's white blood cell count was back to normal levels. But his heartbeat was erratic again.
            The ward nurse last night said she would try to find out if an exception would be made for my mother to visit today (in case my father's Covid test result is still not back). At least my mother will know not to drive up there today without checking with the hospital first!

            I wrote to our public health unit yesterday asking to make arrangements to have my father receive his Covid vaccine either at home, or in the hospital while he is there this week. In-home vaccination is something the health unit is supposed to be arranging for people like my father. They have known for 12 months now that this is something they were going to have to figure out. But have they figured out how to do it yet? I'll give you three guesses. And the first two don't count.

            I have not received a response to my email yet. Which is not surprising. I did not send it until early afternoon, and I know the Health Unit is busy. I also know that my neighbour received a phone call from her GP yesterday advising her that the vaccination hotline is now back online (with instructions that people are only supposed to call on certain days of the week, depending on which letter of the alphabet their surname begins with) and that she should call on Wednesday (the day for her surname) to set up an appointment for her husband. Her husband is 90 years old, is mostly blind, and can barely walk since he had a stroke a few years ago. Pre-covid he used to leave his house once a week to attend a card game with some friends. His wife would drive him to these games, and she was getting the car off their driveway (which is at the back of their house) and driving it onto the road at the front of the house, so he would have a shorter walk to get from house to car. Theirs is not a large house. But this guy is frail. I have seen him make the trek several times, inching his way down their front steps with a death grip on the railing, then shuffling across their tiny front lawn in his pyjama pants to get to the car. I have not seen him at all in the past year, however. Like my father, has not left the house in 12 months except to attend medical appointments. And now the Health Unit expects him to endure a half hour car ride to another town where he will need to walk at least a couple hundred metres to move through the various stations of a noisy and crowded (socially distanced, of course, but still full of many more people than he has been around at any time over the past year) mass vaccination clinic. His wife told me she thinks the car ride alone would tire him out so much he'd be done by the time they got there, before even climbing out of their vehicle. (But hey!: at least he has someone to drive him to the site. There are plenty of seniors living in our town who cannot drive and/or don't own cars and who don't have anyone to drive them. And there isn't any public transportation here.)

            I vomited my distress over the messed up vaccination situation here in a Facebook post a couple of days ago. One of the lucky few who managed to get an appointment for her husband and get him to it objected to what I had written, claiming the Health Unit was "doing the best they can."

            Uh... no. No they're not. It is absolutely outrageous that they have had a whole year to plan for this and still don't have a system in place for getting the vaccine into the arms of our most vulnerable community members. And until they correct this problem, I absolutely will be a voice adding to the choir of people telling them they need to up their game right now.
            (I understand why people who have managed to get vaccines for themselves and/or their loved ones are feeling relief. And I'm happy for them. But seriously: do NOT tell someone who is still waiting--especially a vulnerable person who is still waiting--that they don't have a right to be frustrated and upset.)

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              I hope that they sort out what is causing your dad's psychosis and that it is as simple as 'the uti didn't respond to this particular type of anti biotic' bc that sounds absolutely hellish and scary for you and your mother, as well as problematic for the helpers who are "supposed" to listen to the patient but would actually cause more harm than good by putting him in his chair on a bad day etc.

              I am at a weird place w the vaccine myself - there have been some extra doses allotted to my zipcode bc it's a hotspot (joy)... and I am supposedly eligible bc ny state has decided that "fat" is a comorbidity... but I can't decide what the ethics of trying to get it this "early" are AND taking a bus for 30+ mins to go to an appointment sounds a lot more dangerous than just continuing to hide in my home until one of the places I can walk to gets doses.

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                Congrats on your completions! The fact that you are able to keep up with working out and taking care of yourself through all of this is quite a feat!

                I am so sorry for all you are having to deal with. I don't even know what to say! You are in my thoughts and always sending you and your family strength and good, healing vibes to get through this.

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                  Thank you 'rin .

                  Those are some tough questions for sure. I think an important one is "CAN you just hide in your home until the vaccine is available within walking distance?" A 30 minute bus ride in a hotspot is dangerous. But if you need to use public transportation to get through your daily life anyway... It makes a lot of sense to vaccinate as many people as possible as quickly as possible in a hotspot -- even if it means you get your vaccine ahead of older/more vulnerable people who live in an area where there is less risk of infection.

                  I was okay with my father not being in the highest priority group for vaccinations when the groups that were prioritized ahead of him made sense. But what is happening here now doesn't make sense anymore. This is the result of our regional and provincial governments kowtowing to political pressures and both making vaccination distribution less efficient and public health protection less effective as a result.

                  I found out today that the nurses on my father's ward in the hospital still have not been vaccinated and don't even know yet when it will be their turn. They're front line healthcare workers in a freaking hospital! A hospital that did not allow my mother to visit her own husband yesterday because his negative Covid test result had not yet come in. (He was not suspected to have Covid. They just did not yet have a laboratory report stating that he didn't have it.) A hospital that has already had one outbreak that resulted in 23 infections (including multiple infections amongst staff members who of course then had to be sent home so were unavailable to do their jobs). Yet these unvaccinated nurses are expected to work full shifts there, providing hands-on care to multiple people like my father day and night. I don't understand how the Health Unit can justify opening up vaccination to a population that has minimal exposure risk ahead of people who work in patient-facing roles in a hospital.

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                    Thank you Trbrat75

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                      Today my father was assessed by a speech pathologist to determine the appropriate level of liquefaction of his food.
                      Then my mother was informed a dietitian would be contacting us to educate her and I on how to deal with this.

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                          It is pretty odd how it is being handled, especially in Ontario. I have family in Toronto that got their shot before my wife, who works in an ER up here. Granted we have the biggest population of all the provinces, but we also have all the infrastructure and logistics to back it up. At least there is some promising news on the national front these days. Also probably the first time ever that so many Canadians wish they lived in Whitehorse.

                          I think we are getting there though in the macro level just on the micro level it can be frustrating. We had almost no cases since this all started until two months ago and now we are in the middle of a city wide outbreak. Because we are a thousand kilometers from Queen's Park no one seems to care.

                          Keep holding on, I think we will start to see more good news soon as opposed to bad.

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                            Much love, Raindbow.

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                              You have every right to be angry about how the vaccinations are being handled. It's a nightmare here as well. They had MONTHS to figure out a strategy before the vaccine was available, and they did NOTHING. Then "health care workers with increased exposure" were on top of the list here, and my husband and his coworkers asked who was included in this group (ER for sure, Covid ICU for sure, but what about radiology, where hundreds of patients come and go every day? What about his department, where 99% of the patients have cancer and are thus extremely high risk?). Our government now works on laws to punish people who got their vaccination when it wasn't their turn (e.g. politicians), and sure, that's unfair and not okay at all, but why don't they work on getting the vaccine that is now available into peoples' arms more quickly?

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