Monday, February 6, 2012

Canadian Health Care Failed My Mother

She will be ignored and so will I. People who complain about how unfair things are around here are passed off as "radicals" or "reactionary". In Quebec people 65 and over don't pay for ambulance here they pay $250 to go 4 blocks in one. Even in the US people who qualify get free home care, here you pay for it. Low income and no savings don't seem to matter, the bills roll in as she dies and the government of Saskatchewan does not care. I am far from able to take proper care of her as I am disabled myself. This may just end up with me in the hospital and her with no one to take care of her at all. Then what happens? She falls or needs help and she gets another bill she can't afford to pay. In the end if there is enough money left over for her to pay her life insurance at least there will be money to bury her. But at the rate things are going there will be nothing left at all. Then what? Another unmarked grave for someone who gave a lifetime to this province and to many people. There is no compassion and there is a strong movement by our current government to switch to for profit health care. This is a woman with stage 4 lung cancer who can hardly stand up on her own. She can't afford more time in the so called care home and have a place to live when there is no money left to give them. So it's off home for her long before it's reasonable to send her home. I will do what I can until I am unable to do any more. I will die rather than let her suffer alone. If it puts me in the hospital so be it. If it kills me so be it. If I am in unimaginable pain the entire time, I will do my best to hide it from her and do what I can. I am one person and I am alone in caring for my dyeing Mother. It is OK to me that I will end up in an unmarked grave, as there will be no one to grieve for me. It is not OK to me that she has that fate and nor should it be OK in your mind. If you read this and have the least bit of compassion in your heart share this with who ever you can.

Pray for us, we need it.

Peace - Dave S. Nicholson
Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada.

4 comments:

  1. Dave,

    There must be some help available for your mother and for you! Will it help if people start contacting your local government or provincial government officials? I will do whatever I can to help by sending email or making calls.

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    1. I have talked to everyone there is. The coverage she needs is just not there at all. They will not fund it. I sent the link to the opposition critic for health care. The thing is by the time something would be done she would be dead or already broke.

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  2. There's no easy thing to comment here with... I just paused here thinking for the longest time. I see you're very upset and I don't blame you in the least. Don't let them turn you bitter. Your heart is perhaps the kindest I've ever known. If I were you (and I practically am) I would keep doing what you are doing. No one ever taught us how to deal with this, we have to improvise. You are doing much better than I am at that. Your Mom and you are always in my thoughts and Prayers Dave.

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    1. Thanks man. I will try to be calm but it is hard to do to say the least. It is maddening to think this is happening not just to my Mom and I but to many others. On my front there are a lot of people who like to play power games with our disability. For mom there is little left that they will do. Maybe if I make enough noise someone after she is gone will be helped by it.

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