have you made a war out of your heart?

Saturday, August 11, 2012

have you made a war out of your heart?


have you learned your lessons as well as you could have?
have you poured yourself out entirely and made not a drop
of your soul an acid throw? have you given your mask away
a dozen times and shown yourself naked to the beloved? and if not
why not? the world aches for this sort of courage and you have failed
if you have not done any of these works

have you grown a garden of words and laid the root cellar full of your harvest?
have you gone out into the world and faced each lie with your sword and cut down
as much of that thicket down? have you made a war out of your heart? have you taken
down all those who would harm the ones who are powerless? have you been shield and cry?
have you done the good work? and if not why not? why have you not spoken up and given your blood
for the cause which is the cause of all of mankind? why have you not laid your life on the line?

the line of poetry the line of language the line of acts of courage?
why have you stayed silent while the homeless walked by your home?
why have you not spoken for the hungry? why have you kept quiet when we have been lied to?
why have you not taken out your soul from its burial ground and given it up in life to do the work
of love? I ask you this not to make you ashamed or restless I ask you this because I am curious
how can you let your children live and yet keep silent when their children die?

how can you do this?

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Mask Duty--Wednesday July 23, 2014

I arrive at the Good Samaritan extended care at 10:27 pm and I find my sister lying in bed. She is holding her fluffy bear that I bought her as a gift while she was at 5E3 at the University of Alberta Hospitals. She tells me she had an episode of diarrhea. She cleaned it up herself with towels but there was a mess in the bathroom. I go look for some towels to clean up the rest but there are no towels in the laundry container outside her room. I have to use some bed linens to put on the floor.

She wants to say goodnight to my mum and she phones her. She is sufficiently capable after the weeks in the hospital to be able to dial the phone by herself. When I admitted her to the UAH she wasn't very capable and was not able to phone the parents without help.  She puts the phone down after reassuring my mother she is fine. Then I press the buzzer to ask for the nurse.

The nurse who comes is Christina. I guess the nurse I talked to this afternoon was not Christina but someone else. It is very confusing. They should have a blackboard in the front with the names of the nurses on call like they do for the Medicenter doctors. This way we can know right away who is on the shift.

Christina puts the mask on my sister and we settle down for a presleep process. I leave the TV on low so that she has some company while she is in the room --a sort of monotonous background voice that might mean to her that she is never really alone--that there is a machine voice of a human being present. The bear in her hands is hugged. Christina tidies up the bathroom but the mess on the floor needs to be washed. I have to remember to ask the housekeeping staff to do this tomorrow.

A LPN visits and asks me what I am doing. I tell her I am waiting for my sister to fall asleep. If she is checking on my sister I doubt that she can check on her from the doorway. The LPN should come to the bed and check the mask on the face of the patient.

Eventually my sister seems to fall asleep. Imagine if you will having a suffocating mask on your face in a room as hot as Hades. Imagine how claustrophobic this is. Imagine a bed that is uncomfortable. Imagine a mattress that is not suitable for your body. Imagine trying to sleep in this hot room, on this uncomfortable bed with no air circulation in the room, with your only company a stuffed bear.

Imagine.

I leave her alone and come home. I feel very sad. The world is not accommodating.
The world is designed for the rich.
I see that people who have money can hire a nurse for their loved ones. That nurse will then be able to provide the care that specialized patients need but cannot get at the extended care facility. I see  that in Alberta, there is money for the most powerful and privileged members of our society but for our most powerless citizens there is only talk and no action.

In Alberta, if you are rich you can buy the services and supports you cannot get in the extended care facility.  You can get anything.

The nurse or LPN who gave me the information for the private nursing services was being kind. But I ask myself--why do we have to pay for private nursing care?
Why does the PCBF formula not take into account the specialized needs of handicapped patients?
Why are we to foot the bill when we foot every other bill in our society?
Why is it that the oil and gas industry gets all their many wishes and citizens have to beg for the money?
Why is it so unfair?

These are good questions to think about. I get home by 11:40 pm. I see Christina leaving. I wonder who the night nurse is and whether my sister will be checked on a regular basis in the night.

 I think about my sister in her hot little room.  I think about power and powerlessness.  I think about family.  At least she has a family who loves and protects her.  What about other handicapped citizens who are all alone in the world? Who speaks and acts for them?

Rental Property work--Post # 3 Sunday July 20, 2014

The second day is always harder than the first day.
Because it was comfy in the bed we did not want to get out of the bed.
But there was food.
I forced myself out and dragged hubby to the breakfast where I ate steadily through the food provided.
The eggs were fine.
I made a messy waffle.
I had several cups of not so good coffee.
I ate again.
I am very robust after such a breakfast.
I went straight back to bed.
At 9:26 am I was sleeping and yet we had to leave the hotel vacation place and do work.
Reluctantly I went to pay my bill at 10:09 am but it was already charged up. I guess this is the reason I got the bill under the door. It is done for you. So I just had to give back the hotel cards that let you into the room. I was reluctant to leave but I had to do this.

On Aviation Road going to our house a plane swooped down so low that it felt as if it was going to scrape over my dad's truck roof. We scrunched down very low in our seats. It is unnerving to have planes near hotels.

We drive to the rental property like condemned prisoners knowing it would be a hellish day.
I have a bunged up knee and ankle and look like a waddling duck with the drywall sheets that I help hubby to lift and cut out. He uses a knife and then we hit it to make it come apart. It is very therapeutic work but we are both tired and it doesn't seem to make us happy.
We take a break to do the bathroom fan.  We had bought a fan at RONA after our meal out yesterday and we wanted to get one thing accomplished to start the day well.
At 10:32 am the bathroom fan is inserted into the hole and we find it doesn't fit.
We have to buy another fan.
Yikes.
We have forgotten the porch lights so we leave it for the next time in Calgary.
Now the drywall.
1) 11:31 am--one sheet done.
2) 12:07 pm-second sheet done.
My hubby touched a live wire while doing a plug in and got a shock.
I wonder if the idea of being a weekend renovation warrior is a good one or not at this point.

3) I find out we are missing the plug in covers. Where they are I don't know. We will have to buy some.  We have 12 outlets and 5 covers only. This is the sort of difficulty we always encounter in our renovation work. We have forgotten something or something comes up that we do not have supplies for. This adds to the time required to do any project until you feel as if you will go insane over the lack of organization, skillfulness and just plain chaos of these sorts of deals. I always plan on a job taking twice the time we allocate for it because we are not professional renovators.
We discover we need more drywall tape as well.
We will have to buy light bulbs as it is dark as hell down in the basement and the light bulbs used in the basement-- are of the dim sort.
And let me not forget to return the fan we bought yesterday after supper and get a new fan today.

4) 12:30 pm we do two half panels on either side of a wall. It is getting painful.

5) 12:38 pm we go to  RONA and get plug covers, a new smaller fan, return the other fan, buy light bulbs, drywall tape and go to the SUB place near the rental property to wash and eat.

6) 2:19 pm we are inserting the fan into place.  By 2:32 pm the fan is working. The new fan cover is too small for the hole. We have to use the old fan cover. I have to search for the old fan cover. I leave the fan cover problem for later.

7) 3:36 pm another side of drywall is in.

8) 4:20 pm 3/4 of the drywall work is done but we are both tired out. We are getting slow now.

9) 4:53 pm we put back all the plug in covers, mud the walls, and finish taping the drywall pieces.

10) 5:30 pm we stop to go upstairs to put the old fan cover on the new fan as the new fan cover is too small to cover the hole. I put the box for the new fan in the spare room. I put the light for the kitchen that we won't have time to change in the spare room.
We go back to drywall work.

11) 7:16 pm we are done. We tell the tenants. We leave at 7:22 pm and go to a fast food joint to eat.
We drive home.

Such are the joys of being a landlord.
Read this and weep folks.

We have more work to do but that will be done later on in the year.

--147 dead children so far on the Palestinian side. ---- Canadian ambassador tweets strong support for Israel--------Vivian Bercovici says her social media posts advocate nothing but Canada’s official policy on Israel’s conflict with Hamas---------“It is advocacy only in that I am advocating the position and policies of the Government of Canada,” Bercovici told The Times of Israel. “My tweets are strongly worded. I would like to think that they reflect the message and tone of Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird in terms of Canada’s unequivocal support for Israel.”

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To: "stephen harper" <stephen.harper@parl.gc.ca>, "james rajotte" <james.rajotte@parl.gc.ca>, investigations@metronews.ca, edmonton@globalnews.ca, newsroom@globeandmail.com, "Margo Goodhand (Edm Journal)" <mgoodhand@edmontonjournal.com>, "Velvet Martin" <johnvel@>, "Diana Daunheimer" <dianadaun@>, "bvg.gc.ca," <city.auditor@edmonton.ca>, info@oag.ab.ca, infomedia@oag-bvg.gc.ca, "john baird" <john.baird@parl.gc.ca>
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Sent: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 8:25:26 PM
Subject: ---147 dead children so far on the Palestinian side. --------“It is advocacy only in that I am advocating the position and policies of the Government of Canada,” Bercovici told The Times of Israel. “My tweets are strongly worded. I would like to think that they reflect the message and tone of Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird in terms of Canada’s unequivocal support for Israel.”

Dear Mr. Harper,

147 dead children so far on the Palestinian side.
We have no sort of commentary on the death of these innocents by the federal government of Canada. Instead we have the lackeys of the Tory party spreading the misinformation about everywhere as Stewart Shields has pointed out below.

We have the Canadian ambassador for Israel --Vivian Bercovici ----presenting a biased view of Canadians.
Israel is being presented as the only victim and Hamas as the wrongdoer.
My view of the conflict is that both sides in this war are at fault.
In the case of Israel, they have engaged in war crimes that have left 147 children dead so far.

I see no reason for our ambassador to Israel being a cheerleader for the Israeli war effort.

I wonder at the reasons for such biased presentations of our so called unbiased diplomat:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/canadian-ambassador-tweets-strong-support-for-israel/

The ambassador, who is Jewish, insists that when she tweets, she is careful to be loyal to the language and ideas of Canada’s government.

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This ambassador should be well advised to represent the "language and ideas of Canada's government" and all of its citizens. While the views of the Tory voters represent perhaps 30% of voters, there are perhaps 70% of voters who do not think in this biased manner.
I trust you will engage in moderating the rhetoric in this war of propaganda that the federal government of Canada is engaged in.

Why are you all doing this?
I would say this sort of stance---supports the views of rich Jewish contributors to the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada.There must be election donation money at stake here.
The entire stance of the federal Tories appears to me to be a cynical strategy to get donations to the party.

The diplomat in this case is out to lunch.
Vivian Bercovici  should get to know some Palestinian people.
They are ordinary people like Canadians and they just want what we all want--homes, jobs, security, love and a homeland where they aren't at risk of genocide.
I have lived in the Middle East.
When I was  child growing up in Kuwait, I did not see any difference between the Palestinian kids I played with and other kids from the international community.
In other words, we are all the same.
If there are any terrorists in this war, both Hamas and Israel can be given this label.

Be fair not biased.
Save the children.
Stop the lies.
Represent the views of all Canadians and not a select rich Jewish minority please.
I would suggest the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada look at the Palestinian people as human beings who are being victimized just as much as the Israelis are.

Sincerely,

Julie Ali


From: "Stewart Shields" <lagran@shaw.ca>
To: "dnd mdn" <dnd_mdn@forces.gc.ca>, "Prime ministre" <pm@pm.gc.ca>, "thomas mulcair" <thomas.mulcair@parl.gc.ca>
Cc: "Peter - M.P. Julian" <Julian.P@parl.gc.ca>, "peter watson" <peter.watson@gov.ab.ca>, premier@gov.nl.ca, "raitt" <raittl@parl.gc.ca>, "T Banks" <Tbanks@telusplanet.net>
Sent: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 7:07:43 PM
Subject: Who Really Has Been A Terrorist To Canadians?????

This idiot is really helping in getting United Nations to charge Israel with war crimes and Canada’s Harper with complicity !!  Canadians must remember and reflect that it was not Hamas that murdered a Canadian army Major serving with U.N. forces during Jewish forces unsuccessful invasion of Lebanon in 2006!!! And it was not Hamas that captured Canadian citizens on the high seas,  take them against their will to Israel to be tortured in Jewish jails!!  Netanyahu was in Canada being entertained by Harper when the aforementioned action against Canadian citizens took place. One popular Canadian said he shook with rage watching Harper shake Netanyahu`s hand upon his leaving Canada-realizing innocent Canadians were still being held in Israel??

Why with the knowledge of above do Canadians still call Hamas terrorist-- instead of Jewish Israeli’s??   Who has been at war with one or another of their neighbours since arriving in the Mid-East??  Who other than the Jewish terrorist have Hamas had long lasting troubles with? The definition of terrorist seems much more suitable to Israel than Hamas!!  Hamas are not known for using white phosphorus bomb indiscriminately on populated cities, or murdering children running from their terror??  I’m here to suggest Canadians immediately change from describing Hama as terrorist- to identifying Israeli's as terrorist- until Canada is given much better and open explanations why a Canadian serving with U.N. forces was murdered, and Canadians tortured for taking medical supplies to Gaza??

I admire the bravery of Hamas for making the removal of a blockade into Gaza finished, and opening boarders both on Egypt and Israeli sides of Gaza a condition of any cease fire!!  Too many times we have had ceasefires only to have Palestinians remained prisoners in Gaza!  Enough is enough-- people of Gaza should be allowed to live as others in the world!!  This war must bring several thing to bear including the wisdom of offering European Jews Palestinian land as their country??
It’s time this experiment was admitted to be a total failure-- and another solution sought as home for any and all misplaced Jews?? How much Arab blood will it take for this lesson to be recognized!!

Stewart Shields

http://www.timesofisrael.com/canadian-ambassador-tweets-strong-support-for-israel/


  Canadian ambassador tweets strong support for Israel

Vivian Bercovici says her social media posts advocate nothing but Canada’s official policy on Israel’s conflict with Hamas

BY RENEE GHERT-ZAND July 21, 2014, 10:43 pm
Newly-appointed Canadian Ambassador to Israel Vivian Bercovici (L) with Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird, January 8, 2014. (screen capture:/YouTube: NewsinGlobals)
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Twitter and how it works was almost unknown to Vivian Bercovici before she was appointed Canada’s ambassador to Israel last January. A quick study, she started an account on the social media site upon her arrival and began honing her tweeting skills. Now her forceful postings since the beginning of Operation Protective Edge two weeks ago are hard to miss.
It could even be argued that they cross over—or at least skirt— the line between diplomacy and advocacy.
“It is advocacy only in that I am advocating the position and policies of the Government of Canada,” Bercovici told The Times of Israel. “My tweets are strongly worded. I would like to think that they reflect the message and tone of Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird in terms of Canada’s unequivocal support for Israel.”
Since the outbreak of Israel’s current Operation Protective Edge against Hamas in Gaza, the Canadian government has forcefully reiterated its position, which Harper articulated in a speech he gave before the Knesset in January of this year. “Through fire and water, Canada will stand with you,” he said in the Israeli parliament. “Our view on Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state is absolute and non-negotiable.”
Bercovici, a former Toronto lawyer and journalist, had been an outspoken commentator on Israel-Palestinian affairs long before her appointment by Ottawa.
“Hamas, the PA and just about every government in the Middle East make no secret of their collective ideological commitment to the total destruction of the state of Israel, which they regard as a blasphemous blight on the Arab and Muslim worlds,” she wrote in one of her columns for The Toronto Star.
Similarly, she did not mince words about Hamas in some of her recent tweets:
“Some people have said that I tweet differently than other ambassadors here in Israel, but I have been closely watching my peers’ tweets and I have seen that they tweet in a similar manner, or are even more so,” Bercovici said.
The ambassador, who is Jewish, insists that when she tweets, she is careful to be loyal to the language and ideas of Canada’s government.
Vivian Bercovici, Canada’s ambassador to Israel (photo credit: Timeline photos)
“I wait for policy statements from Ottawa and then restate and reinforce them. Before I tweet, I always careful to review all communication from the prime minster and the minister of foreign affairs,” she explained.
Bercovici supplements the several original tweets she sends out per day with many re-tweets from sources she deems credible. A scroll through the ambassador’s Twitter page reveals that these sources include the IDF Spokesman Peter Lerner, Israel’s Foreign Ministry, Robert Satloff of the Washington Institute, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, along with Israeli journalist Yossi Melman and Israeli publications Haaretz and The Times of Israel.
“There’s the outgoing communication aspect of tweeting, but equally important is the fact that Twitter is a good fast way to get up to speed throughout the day and a complement to all the other news and information sources,” Bercovici said.
The ambassador reported that her 1,300 followers on Twitter are mainly from Israel, Canada, the US, UK and India. Not everyone agrees with what she posts, and sometimes they challenge her in the comments they write back.
“Once in a while I will engage briefly in a discussion, but many comments don’t merit a response. A 140-character universe is not a place to engage in serious political discussion,” she said.
Bercovici may be relatively new to Twitter, but she has quickly come to appreciate its value and utility.
“It is especially useful at a time of crisis such as we are in now, when the appetite for information is insatiable.”
Editor’s note: This article was amended from its original version which erroneously stated Ambassador Bercovici no longer reads newspapers. We regret this error.


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poppies and time

It is a gorgeous day outside. The poppies are very prominent now and for the most part are taking over the hard work of the peonies that are now turning to seed heads. There is an odd peony that has been delayed in blooming but most of the peonies are finished their shifts and we are inundated with petals over the path to the end of July.
Most of the time when it is as hot as this, I try to pay attention to the glorious flower show. The begonias in their too small pots are heavy headed and floppy; the tangerine begonia that I saved from the dumpster for $2 has produced enough flowers to compensate me for my mercy. The white geraniums that are mostly in their original pots have bloomed like a catastrophe of dainty white underwear everywhere.
The sounds of summer are clear in the sweetness of the robins. They stand and preach about gratitude on the nest of branches provided by the cherry tree that is a wreck now. There was a  robin grasping a dangling worm that stood on the deck and watched the world as he gulped down his feast.
Most of the time it is best to not get too worked up about the adverse events and problems of life because it is more hellish nearly everywhere else in the world. 147 dead kids in the Gaza for example gives me pause as I sit in the simmering room wondering why the lives of the Palestinian kids are nothing to the Harper crew we have hired.



http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/2014/07/23/3212728/un-rights-chief-warns-of-possible.html




UN rights chief warns of possible Gaza war crimes

Associated PressJuly 23, 2014 Updated 3 hours ago

U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said Wednesday around three-quarters of those killed in the Gaza Strip were civilians and thousands more have been injured.
At least 657 Palestinians and 31 Israelis have been killed during the conflict. Among the Palestinian dead, Pillay said there were at least 147 children and 74 women.
Pillay noted an Israeli drone missile strike in Gaza City that killed three children and wounded two others while they were playing on the roof of their home. She also referenced an Israeli strike and naval shelling that struck seven children playing on Gaza beach, killing four from the same family.
“These are just a few examples where there seems to be a strong possibility that international humanitarian law has been violated, in a manner that could amount to war crimes,” Pillay told the 47-nation U.N. Human Rights Council.
Israel launched its operation in Gaza on July 8 in response to heavy rocket fire out of Hamas-controlled Gaza. The fighting escalated last week with an Israeli ground offensive.
Pillay also warned that Hamas and others were violating international law.
“Israeli children, and their parents and other civilians, also have a right to live without the constant fear that a rocket fired from Gaza may land on their houses or their schools, killing or injuring them,” Pillay said.
“Once again, the principles of distinction and precaution are clearly not being observed during such indiscriminate attacks on civilian areas by Hamas and other armed Palestinian groups,” she added.
Pillay said not abiding by those principles could amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity.
At the session, Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad Malki accused Israel of committing a crime against humanity and violating international human rights law. Israeli Ambassador Eviatar Manor accused Hamas of committing war crimes.

Read more here: http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/2014/07/23/3212728/un-rights-chief-warns-of-possible.html#storylink=cpy
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It is clear to me that Israel doesn't give a fig about the rest of the world--- and will do what it wants to do which seems to be genocide.
I can't say that the other side is reasonable either.
Both sides are insane.
And in between the two groups are innocent kids.


When you compare the lives of Canadians to the disasters elsewhere in the world, our lives are far more manageable.
Yes, there are adverse events.
But with determined citizen participation and action we can restore our society to pre-Harper condition.

We can even get our government to do their jobs.
It may take voting out Harper and crew but this won't be tough.
We're many.
They are few.
The few that are in on the road to destruction of our civil society can be countered by the many who want something left for our kids, other than the history of destruction.

Outside the fat pink poppies bob and weave in their boxing matches with the wind.
Older boy is safe at work learning that effort results in rewards of wages and good habits.
Younger boy is avoiding his chemistry 20 but I let him do this for now.
You have to be flexible, determined and willing.
One day both my sons will learn these lessons.
Right now it is more important to stand at the corner of their lives, bask like a dried up old woman in the sun and watch the begonias burgeon out.

The time of our lives is so short.
Right now it is time to bask.
The poppies are for remembrance and for activism.
But are also timely reminders of the speed of our lives, of how time flips over its coin and we have run into old age.
I will go look at the poppies.

Dear Mr. Hancock, Mr. Harper, It is curious why we have millions and billions of tax dollars going to subsidize projects to green wash the oil and gas industry while handicapped citizens at the Good Samaritan extended care are only getting one respiratory therapist shift per week. I guess I should be grateful we have a respiratory therapist now. I don't actually know what the gaps in respiratory care at this facility have been. There is such a lot of money being thrown around but none of it seems to arrive at the long term care facilities where cutbacks are constant. It seems rather odd that when big oil asks for cash, they get it and when we --the citizens ask for cash for the most vulnerable members of our society--it is not possible. Patient care based funding is a scam. This is a rip off scheme that ensures that bare bones services, supplies and supports are provided to folks in the most precarious situations -at the end of life stage. Family have to do the work of the staff at these facilities. We are to be the unpaid workers of the government and its contracted out third party care providers. This is the new way of providing cheap long term care services in Canada and what this means is that patients without family will not have advocates to protect their interests. At the emergency ward this might also mean a decision to end the life of the handicapped patient who will not have any advocates to protect her.


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Sent: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 6:22:07 PM
Subject: money for oil and gas industry subsidies but not for handicapped patients at the Good Samaritan extended care facility because they don't matter-------Enhance Energy is building a 240-kilometre Alberta Carbon Trunk Line connecting a bitumen upgrader and fertilizer plant outside of Edmonton with enhanced oil recovery projects . The plant, better known as the Sturgeon Refinery, will be the first refinery in Canada with built-in carbon capture capacity. The project is estimated to cost nearly $1.2 billion, with the company contributing $640 million, the Alberta government investing $495 million over 15 years, and the Government of Canada contributing $63.3 million.------The Quest project, a partnership of Shell, Chevron and Marathon Oil, involves retrofitting an existing bitumen upgrader outside of Edmonton for CCS and then piping the carbon dioxide 64 kilometres north where it will be permanently sequestered more than two kilometres below the surface. The project is estimated to cost $1.35 billion, with the Quest partners contributing $485 million, the Alberta government $745 million and the Government of Canada $120 million.-------


Dear Mr. Hancock, Mr. Harper,

It is curious why we have millions and billions of tax dollars going to subsidize projects to green wash the oil and gas industry while handicapped citizens at the Good Samaritan extended care are only getting one respiratory therapist shift per week.

 I guess I should be grateful we have a respiratory therapist now. I don't actually know what the gaps in respiratory care at this facility have been.

There is such a lot of money being thrown around but none of it seems to arrive at the long term care facilities where cutbacks are constant.  It seems rather odd that when big oil asks for cash, they get it and when we --the citizens ask for cash for the most vulnerable members of our society--it is not possible.
Patient care based funding is a scam.
This is a rip off scheme that ensures that bare bones services, supplies and supports are provided to folks in the most precarious situations -at the end of life stage.
Family have to do the work of the staff at these facilities.
We are to be the unpaid workers of the government and its contracted out third party care providers.
This is the new way of providing cheap long term care services in Canada and what this means is that patients without family will not have advocates to protect their interests.
At the emergency ward this might also mean a decision to end the life of the handicapped patient who will not have any advocates to protect her.

You must understand I am puzzled.
I have voted Tory and yet the Tory party I voted for is no longer recognizable to me. The Tory party at all levels---has morphed into an unrecognizable group of people who do not help the people who got them into power.

Why is it that the oil and gas industry gets all the money?
When will citizens -especially the most vulnerable citizens share in the profits of our natural resources?

Sincerely,
Julie  Ali


http://readingchildrensbooks.blogspot.ca/2014/07/we-stand-at-doors-of-power-enhance.html





Wednesday, July 23, 2014

we stand at the doors of power---------------Enhance Energy is building a 240-kilometre Alberta Carbon Trunk Line connecting a bitumen upgrader and fertilizer plant outside of Edmonton with enhanced oil recovery projects . The plant, better known as the Sturgeon Refinery, will be the first refinery in Canada with built-in carbon capture capacity. The project is estimated to cost nearly $1.2 billion, with the company contributing $640 million, the Alberta government investing $495 million over 15 years, and the Government of Canada contributing $63.3 million. Development is well underway at the refinery site and it is expected to begin operation in 2017. Refinery aside, the partnership also continues to work on regulatory approvals and right of ways for its carbon pipeline. The Quest project, a partnership of Shell, Chevron and Marathon Oil, involves retrofitting an existing bitumen upgrader outside of Edmonton for CCS and then piping the carbon dioxide 64 kilometres north where it will be permanently sequestered more than two kilometres below the surface. The project is estimated to cost $1.35 billion, with the Quest partners contributing $485 million, the Alberta government $745 million and the Government of Canada $120 million.-------
if you are patient

back to the Good Samaritan extended care

I got to the Good Samaritan extended care to find my sister had arrived. It was after 3:30 pm.  She was on the bed without her oxygen tubing. She was still in her hospital garb. I got her to put the oxygen tubing on. Then I got her into the bathroom for her bath. After a wash, she was looking better. I got the LPN to fill the oxygen canisters I had bought from home. I set the oxygen for 4 (active) and got her to go for supper.
Meanwhile I spoke to Christina about the discharge summary and got a copy of it for the records.
I met with the occupational therapist (Jackie) to ask about the walker with wheels, the walker without wheels and the bed. The bed that is used on 5E3 is a Total Care Bariatric Plus.Apparently this is very expensive and we would have to pay for it. The OT mentioned that if you are impossibly obese you might get one paid for. I ask her to look into it.

The nurse--Christina --gives me a list of nursing services that you can pay to provide care for patients. I will give the list to my dad.
I will go later on today to put the mask on my sister and put her to bed. I got her a better pillow to support her. I note that her hands are shaking which is not a good sign and she is very lethargic. I put the air conditioning on because the room was baking.

The transfer orders are at least useful for oxygen levels. She is now on 4 lpm at rest and 4 lpm on her BiPap.
There is also clear notes about her BiPap settings:  IPAP 24 cm H2O; EAAP 12 cm H20; Rate of 12; O2 4 lpm.

I like to have a paper trail when I deal with government and any agency because I forget what is discussed and I need to look at the written notes to provide the history.
When you have to deal with many people it is best to set up a book for that family member, put all the documents in it over time, and also write e-mails that you post on a blog so that there is clear evidence of work done.
Or failures.

It is clear to me that the social worker doesn't want to be bothered by me and that I am to talk to the care manager. I ask for the e-mail of the care manager.

I talked with my favorite nurse at the facility today. Sathya (I've been spelling her name as Satia) has come back from her holidays. It is reassuring to have one person at a facility who you trust absolutely for her intelligence and professional work and this nurse is among the few I admire. There is also Corinne and Violet who are the night nurses usually. The LPNs who are good are Marzena and Jessica.
I am slowly getting to know the staff and while it is hard to do this sort of interaction for me --I get to know the staff and I find the ones that I am compatible with. While I have to work with all the staff, I have to admit that it is not easy dealing with so many different staff and it gets hard to find them to yap with them.
I left the facility at about 5:00 pm. I will go back to put the mask on my sister and see she is sleeping.

----- Forwarded Message -----
From: "jyali" <jyali@>
To: social worker@gss.org>, csandford@gss.org, "Pam Purdy" <ppurdy@gss.org>
Sent: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 5:31:00 PM
Subject: Re: walker with holder for oxygen canister

Hi ,
Since  I have only one contact which is  you while the current site manager is away I understand that I must contact you.
If you give me Erin Foster's e-mail I will not trouble you about the care plan.
Thank you.
Julie

----- Original Message -----
From: social worker@gss.org>
To: "jyali" <jyali@
Cc: "Pam Purdy" <ppurdy@gss.org>
Sent: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 1:48:39 PM
Subject: RE: walker with holder for oxygen canister

Julie,
I am not involved in planning care for the residents.  Erin Foster is the care manager and on a go forward basis will be working with your sister's family regarding all of her care concerns.
 Regarding a meeting with the Respiratory therapist, Sathya informed me that she has left a note for the RT and that she had told you that the RN will call you  when the therapist is here so you can meet with her.
Thank you




Social Worker
Good Samaritan Society
Millwoods Centre
780-413-3506

-----Original Message-----
From: jyali [mailto:jyali@
Sent: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 1:03 PM
To: social worker; Charlene Sandford; Pam Purdy
Subject: Re: walker with holder for oxygen canister

Hi ,
Satia told m that the respiratory therapist is in July 30, 2014 for 8 hours. I would like to see her at this time to go over the respiratory care plan for my sister.
Satia will leave a note but could you ensure that this appointment is set up please if you have the RT's phone number.
Thanks,
Julie

----- Original Message -----
From: social worker @gss.org>
To: "jyali" <jyali@>, "Charlene Sandford" <csandford@gss.org>, "Pam Purdy" <ppurdy@gss.org>
Sent: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 11:18:04 AM
Subject: RE: walker with holder for oxygen canister

Hi Julie
This is an OT question - I will forward it to Jackie Thanks


Social Worker
Good Samaritan Society
Millwoods Centre
780-413-3506


-----Original Message-----
From: jyali [mailto:jyali@telus.net]
Sent: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 11:17 AM
To: social worker; Charlene Sandford; Pam Purdy
Subject: walker with holder for oxygen canister

Hi ,
Since there has been one fall at the University Hospital and since there were three falls that I can recollect, this might be the time to get my sister assessed for mobility devices.
I note that another resident has a walker and you can put the oxygen canister in the front.
Can Aids to Daily Living assess the situation for my sister and come up with a solution? I feel she isn't as steady in her balance and with the long hospitalization at 5E3 there will be challenges.

Thanks,
Julie
******************************
Since the social worker is a busy person I decide to get the direct e-mail for the OT at this time so that I don't bother the social worker with requests she is not responsible to answer.



----- Forwarded Message -----
From: "jyali" <jyali@

To: "social worker @gss.org>, csandford@gss.org, "Pam Purdy" <ppurdy@gss.org>
Sent: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 5:47:41 PM
Subject: OT requests

Hi ,
I talked to Jackie about three things today.
1) Walker with wheels
2) Walker for support from bed to the bathroom
3) Bed. The bed I am interested in might be covered by the government.
Can you give me Jackie's e-mail so I may write to her directly please?
I like to have a document trail so that I can remember what requests I make and what the follow up will be.


Thanks,
Julie