Mar. 5th, 2007

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My grandmother had a stroke on Saturday. She is in no immediate danger, so I feel free to rant about healthcare. While I am eternally grateful for our Canadian healthcare system, I've got to say - it is certainly not a perfect system. Before I begin, let me just say that Grandma is perfectly alert and will make a good recovery - the only damage is to her right arm and leg.

Grandma has been stuck on a stretcher in the Emergency Ward since Saturday morning. There are simply no beds available. While the nursing staff are AMAZING, they struggled to deal with the crowds of skiers that jammed the ward all weekend and just plain couldn't assist with ongoing care for patients like Grandma. We live in a tourist area with an extremely popular ski resort. On Sunday there were so many people waiting that they were sitting on the floor behind the nurses' station waiting! Very long story within, read at your own risk! )

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