I have been investigating public health services up close and personal but expect to be heading home soon after a sojourn at Lions Gate Hospital. Blogging wll resume next week.
Indeed, I am at home June 23 after almost 2 weeks in hospital. I won't bother readers with immediate details - I'm not even sure what they are anyway - but I will recap the experience a little later when its causes and outcome are more clear. At this point, I face long rehab, including probably 6-8 months to deal with shoulder reconstruction by Dr. Peter Zarkadas.
My crisis probably began with a blood electrolyte disturbance that led to physical and mental impairments and resulted in unconsciousness and severe injury from a fall. As a bonus, while I was in hospital, the medical experts identified a sleep apnea breathing disorder that needs treatment.
Certainly, I have a lengthy list of new personal heroes, from the first responders of the North Van Fire Department and the BC Ambulance Service to Lions Gate Hospital physicians, surgeons, technicians and nursing care specialists. Having effective emergency healthcare is a matter of choice and for many of us, the choice may be between life and death. I salute and say thank you to the people who deliver medical services in British Columbia.
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