January 20, 2009. What a day! We have a new president of the United States of America who can do no wrong and he hasn’t done anything yet. We have Canadian children who wonder if our “President”, whoever he or she is, is as good as Obama. And we have the provinces main emergency department going into crisis mode over a number of elderly people suffering slips and falls due to icy conditions. What a historic day!
First to Barrack. Boy, do I feel sorry for you. A fantastic orator and a motivating personality, you do not deserve the pressure that is about to befall you from your adoring and expectant population. Heck, even people in Zimbabwe were waking up this morning expecting their lives to be better. Last week’s miracle of people walking on water on the Hudson river, only fueled the euphoria surrounding your inauguration. “Look, Dear, because of Obama people don’t even die in a plane crash.” I enjoy your speeches, even though they lack specifics, and I hope that you can implement the policies that are needed. I do respect the people you have placed around you, and that is a huge improvement over “W”‘s cronies.
I was, and still am, a big Hillary supporter. I can’t help but think that this “Historic Day” would have been somewhat less so if Hillary had been taking the Oath of Office yesterday. Historic is in the eye of the beholder I guess. In my mind Obama’s election doesn’t rate as high as an election win by a woman.
So Barrack, keep cool and shut your ears to those who are expecting too much and will never be satisfied with less. There is only so much you can do, and if you do that, it is all that I ask.
On the same day I overheard high school students refer to Canada’s “President”. Is anyone else shocked that our education system doesn’t teach the basics and that our youth are more interested in the politics of the United States than Canada?
Finally, you don’t want to be in Nova Scotia when something big happens. Dr. John Ross, head of the Emergency Department at the QEII Health Services Center, instituted a Code Orange yesterday to deal with the crisis in their emergency department. The department that handles all of the Provinces critical medical emergencies. Wonderfull. At 60 patients and waiting times of more than 24 hours in some cases the backbone of our emergency system broke. The Code Orange was needed to get the rest of the hospital in line to deal with the backlog. That means that for the preceding day, the rest of the hospital was giving the emergency department the finger and saying, “its your problem, deal with it”. What a system. I am terrified to think of what would happen in a real emergency. What if a plane crashes at the airport? Maybe a high-rise fire? How is that department going to cope if hundreds of victims arrive at their doorstep? Yesterday we were talking about some extra slip and falls and pneumonia patients and they had to call a Code Orange.
This is a result of the mismanagement of hospitals that I have witnessed over the past decades. I have been told previously, that when there are long waiting times in the ER, often the Doctors are in the back chatting. Why? Because they can’t get beds to move patients into. So, the people wait and the Doctors twiddle their thumbs. In addition, Dr. Ross stated that the Emergency Department handles the “overflow” for the hospital. What logic. If you are really busy you put all of the people in the entry point. That is kind of like saying to stadium manager, if you have too many people here, put the extras at all the entrances and exits. That will help people get out if there is a fire. This is insanity. Our medical care is being adversely affected by hospitals that are unable to get people into the system. The excuse is always the same. “We have too many beds being taken up by seniors that need to be moved to long term care facilities.” Well, MOVE THEM. You have wings of hospitals being closed down. Reopen them for long term care patients. Move them into hotels. You can probably get a pretty good rate in the middle of winter. Build more nursing homes – NOW. These are not technologically advanced structures. In six to eight months you could build a wack of them. Stop talking about the problem and solve it. Oh, I forgot, it is probably in some committee.
Not to promote another system, but I can tell you that in a for-profit health care system this would not happen. You would not wait in emergency, since the only way the hospital would make money is by getting you in for treatment as fast as possible. You can bet their emerg. departments are not the recipient of the overflow. Someone’s head would roll if it were. But, that’s not our system is it. People wait for hours and hours and the only people at blame is some 80 year old with dementia and bad kidneys.
Okay, Barrack. I’m expecting tomorrow to be better. Just kidding.
Until then, I remain,
A Sour Kraut.