The Slow Murdering of a 94 Year Old Lady

Sounds dramatic, and yet, to me, it is the truth of the matter.  It is exactly what our Government is doing to our Seniors, thanks to the Conservative mantra of ‘Business Can Do It Better Than Government’ can.

Personally, there is some ( note the word SOME ) truth in that saying, but in many instances it simply isn’t true. Least not when it comes to things like Health Care, or Education, or Social Services.  Those areas, can benefit from Business but ONLY (not that word – only ) if there is full and complete Government Oversight, with authority.

  1. Being Old, 94 years old, isn’t easy, is filled with a whole slew of complications, that can make life, at best, difficult to endure.

Unfortunately, instead of attempting to make those twilight years bearable, our society is moving towards simply abdicating its responsibility towards those who are aged.

Whether it is in Food Safety, transportation, or health care, our society no longer values the past contributions of our Seniors, but instead, is driven by the concept of  ‘what have you done for me today‘.

Truth is, being old is a burden on society, but it should be one we gladly accept, because you know, tomorrow we are the elderly of today.  So in a way, it is self-serving to put into place, systems to aid the transition from life to death, to make the twilight years bearable, because in time, we are ALL going to be in that same boat, as my 94-year-old Mother is today.

By allowing private agencies, such as Beacon Community Services to exist, to actually control the care of home support for the citizens of Vancouver Island, we are slowly murdering our elderly.

Oh it isn’t quick, by any means. No gun to the head and pulling of the trigger, no forcing a massive amount of pills down their throat, no turning on the gas, and leaving the room.  But just as deadly as those are, so too is the way we have allowed Home Support to exist today.

Sending unqualified personnel into the home, who haven’t a clue as to how to lift a patient up out of bed, how to engage them in conversation, or just how to simply maintain a simple and easy routine, is just as deadly to them.   Only worse, because unlike a gun to the head, this method makes their remaining years painful.

It puts stress on an already weakened vascular system, it puts added stress on an already fragile mind, that eventually puts them over the age. BUT, before they go over that edge, they suffer.

There are no Checks & Balances, because Business is better suited to handle them, than the Piper who is paying the shot.  VIHA will gladly take your complaint, but then passes it on for resolution, directly to the organization you are complaining about.

No different from CIFA, that knows food-producing plants are unclean, are not sanitary, but can only wait until that plant notifies them of an issue, before issuing a recall. It does nothing, because it isn’t allowed to do anything, to prevent and control the spread of disease, of bacteria, until AFTER it gets into the food chain.

One more example of how Government is joining with private enterprise, to MURDER our Seniors, and us too. You see, old people have a weakened immune system, and unlike days long gone, today you can buy expired food, at a discount.  Now when you are on a fixed income, have to pay for medications you shouldn’t have to pay for, you need to save wherever you can.

You are old, you may not realise that the discounted food is expired, or about to expire, because you grew up in a society that didn’t allow such things to happen. But, that was before Stephen Harper and his mantra of doing whatever business wants.  Today, even he, claims expired food is okay, has a longer shelf life and not a threat.

Tell that to the people who have died from Maple Leaf Foods.

It is a simple fact, that when you allow someone to do whatever they want, without any controls in place, you are simply putting a gun in their hands, to fire at will.

Oh we all hold up how much longer people are living today, thanks to our wonderful society, and all of the advances we have made.  But perhaps it is more of a testament to their strength, to their grit & determination than it is to Science and Society.

Old people need routine, need support. Instead of making them free of stress, we add more by sending in people who know nothing about caring for an old person. We acerbate their tenuous hold on reality, by altering schedules without notice, and worse, we force many of them to make choices, that no one should have to make.

Look around, at the wealth we have as a nation, at the natural resources we hold, and then look at how we make 94 year olds choose between institutional living, versus independent living, based solely on their income.

Someone said, well if they didn’t plan for it when they could, tough shit to them.

And that is how Stephen Harper and our Society works today.  Thing is, back in the 60’s and even the 50’s, our society held that no matter your wealth, your income, old age would be looked after, thanks to a caring, compassionate Government and Society. They were fed a line, that their old age would be secured, through Government support, and until the advent of the New Conservatism, it was basically true.

Now suddenly, they are being penalized because they believed in their Government.

Be honest too, how can you afford to put aside sufficient money, if all you are earning is $10 an hour, and your partner is earning the same?

Can you manage to feed your family, to house them, and sustain them at today’s minimum wage level, and at today’s high cost of living?

Business can do what it wishes, can show high profits, and yet gets even bigger tax benefits than the average persons does, but puts back PITTENCE as compared to the average wage earner.

Now perhaps being in your 20’s or 30’s it doesn’t seem so important. You dream that one day you will be the CEO of that company you work for, even though more high paying jobs are being sent overseas. How you can realistically expect to advance your income, under those conditions, is truly the real dream.

Instead of how it was, where business used to put aside a large percentage of its profits, into infrastructure, into replacing old equipment, today that percentage goes toward new chalets on the coast of France, to new corporate jets.

Employee loyalty is a thing of the past, because our Government sides with Big Business, gives them our tax dollars, in return for cutting jobs and moving plants overseas.  Somehow, the concept of “BUYING LOCAL” is swearing, and unacceptable.

And who winds up paying for this change in direction?

Why the older members of our society. They are the ones who are given the burden of choosing between food, or medicine. We no longer cover this medicine, this medical procedure, because it isn’t cost-effective.

When did human life become so cheap, so unimportant?

The values that my Mother grew up with, instilled in me, are gone. Today it is no longer about doing what is right, but what is more profitable. Today we let the Oil Industry set how fast our economy can grow, or rush headlong into a depression.

We see how Stephen Harper’s continue to rule, not because they are the best for the job, but because they made more people afraid of the other guy, than of them.  Neat trick, that is only now starting to further destroy what few values, principles, were left from a dying generation.

Instead of nurturing those people, their standards, we systematically work to make their lives unbearable, stressful, and complicated. We make them weaker, rob them of their dignity, and eventually, we kill them off because we need to own a new car every two or three years.

We do it, because it is more important to have an iPhone, iPad, and 300 cable channels in high-definition, than it is to have a Senior live in moderate comfort.  Much more important that we have food producers who can hire untrained staff to clean their equipment, than we can put inspectors into the plants, to makes ure our food supply is free of bacteria, of disease.

This is the new society, given us by the New Conservatism, that our Country, and others, have embraced. We’d rather be scared into voting for someone, than in actually voting for someone who will do something we need. 

This is the New Conservatism of Stephen Harper, and it is slowly killing our Seniors.  This is what happens, when one votes out of fear, instead out of reason.

And it will be people like my 94-year-old Mother, who will pay for all this, with her life.

Save Your Money, Make CPP Private

Remember last year, how Jim Flaherty & his boss Stephen Harper told us we needed to SPEND SPEND SPEND to get out of the economic crunch?   Even the Bank of Canada Governor told us to do that.

Now because, like total morons, we listened to them and did just that, we are about to have our Canada Pension Plan sold off to some Private Conglomerate.

AND you have to love the reason being given:   We Aren’t Saving Enough Money for our Retirement.

IF anyone truly believes this is a good thing, then move to the United States and sign up for the Republican Party.  After all, you HAVE to be rich enough to do that, or else you’d never support a party like today’s Conservatives.

Do you really want some giant corporation like AIG to manage your pension future?  Think about it, as they needed $185 Billion in bailout money, and instead of paying off claims, they PAID BONUSES to MANAGEMENT.

And there wasn’t a damn thing the US Government could do about it.

Fiscally Irresponsible, the only thing the Harper Government is interested in, is in making the giant corporations richer, the Middle Class disappear, and the rest of us wage slaves, become nothing more than cheap labor for Big Business.

Universal Health Care

Fair Warning to all who read this, but I am totally pissed off today.

In case some of you aren’t aware, I look after my aged mother. She will be 91 this coming Monday, and my partner, lover, wife, whatever, and I share a house with her, and look after her. We have our meals together, spend time together as a family does. If that seems abnormal or something, well tough titties. It is how we are, because while I may be Gay, despite the Republican Mantra, I do have some pretty hard core values, when it comes to Family.

There is not much I wouldn’t do for family, whether it is my Mother, or my Partner, David. Come pick on them, and you’ll have one very angry old fart to deal with, and I can be a bitch.

The fact is this, this morning Mather had trouble getting out of bed. She doesn’t move around great, but she moves around with the help of a ‘walker’, and slowly. She was half in, half out of bed, and in pain too. Her back and around her legs, so it wasn’t a simple matter of lifting her up. The thing is, she was in a lot of pain, and I suppose it could have been something simple, like a pinched nerve or such, but at that age, you don’t want to take chances.

It is also very frightening to have to deal with.

Now it wasn’t like 6am or anything, but was just after 9am, so I naturally called our family doctor. Now he had told us last week he was retiring, but not until the end of this month. Not a lot of time to find a new one, so in the meantime I figured he was still looking after us.  BOY WAS THAT A WRONG ASSUMPTION.

We waited for his return call, which never came. In the meantime, David and I managed to get mom back onto the bed, so she was more comfortable. Got her legs up and under the blankets, and she started to feel better. She was pretty weak too, as she has a cold right now, which more than likely effected this whole episode this morning, but I can’t be sure. At one point I thought it was maybe a stroke, that she might have had early, and this was a result. I mean seriously, lots of weird things go through a person’s mind when they are confronted with this stuff.

So you would think a Doctor, who had been your physician for THIRTEEN YEARS would understand that, I mean wouldn’t you?

So after 11am I called his office, to be told that I should take her to emergency, or to a walk in clinic, as the Doctor wasn’t dealing with calls outside of booked appointments, plus wasn’t going to be in during the day, and so HE had told them to suggest I take her to a clinic.

LIKE FUCKING THANKS

To be blunt, Mom doesn’t not want to go to a hospital, she refuses, and I know enough that it is always better to keep a patient calm, whenever possible. Besides, I happen to agree with her. She prefers my care to that of the so called professionals at the hospital, because frankly, they simply DO NOT GIVE A DAMN FOR PEOPLE OVER SIXTY. I lost one parent to the Hospital and the UNCARING of staff, so NO I won’t let another go, without a fight. I DO MEAN FIGHT.

What has me so steamed, is that this guy couldn’t take the time to simply phone, to say sorry, I am not working anymore or today, or whatever, but call this doctor or call the ambulance to take her to hospital. Instead he left me waiting for his call, left me worrying, and okay, so I am not a tipper or rich or whatever. He still makes a hefty bundle off this family over the last thirteen years, and you know what, that isn’t or shouldn’t even be the point. It should be simple, common courtesy to a patient you had for whatever length of time.

Now Older people are used to their routines. Switching Doctors is not a good thing, at any time, but when you are just told that in a month you have to find a new one, that also sucks. I mean, he couldn’t have told us last time we there, or hinted that it might be coming? Now he says he’s looked for someone to takeover, but after today, I wonder if he even bothered. Did he just wake up and say, eh, I got enough so I am going to retire?

And the Nurses at the office. I mean, you know they were all nice, sugar, and sweet, each time we went to see him. That was once a month too, and yet on the phone, she couldn’t wait to get me off the phone, like I was no longer important. Sort of like you being a customer for years, then suddenly told you can’t shop there, and they slam the door in your face.

I don’t get it, I really don’t. Whatever happened to believing in people, in compassion? I listen to these politicians, and frankly they can all kiss my fat faggot ass. They haven’t a clue what it means to be part of a minority, and yes, that include Barack Obama too. He may have memories from his childhood, but he sure hasn’t lived as one for a long time now. And don’t get me started on Hilary, the so called Champion of the Middle Class. Then we have Stephen Harper who says people are on their own, that its better to let the market place determine prices, like that works real good when people have to choose between food or gas for the pig boat of a car.

I live in British Columbia, and yes we have Universal Care, and you know, call it what you want, but it is not better than the people who work in it. You can go to some pretty upscale hospitals in the states, and as long as your money holds out, you get treated. It is supposed to be different here, supposed to be where money isn’t the issue, but your health is. But you know, it is still about the MONEY. Doctors and Nurses and Support Staff rape the public pocket, because they want more, for the hard job they do.

Okay, the job is hard, it is tough, but you DO NOT IGNORE PEOPLE’S NEEDS BECAUSE THEY ARE OLDER. I don’t give a damn how tired you are, you signed on for something, DO THE FRIGGIN JOB RIGHT. If you don’t like your Pay, don’t like your working conditions, simple  QUIT.   Instead they bitch, moan, and ignore the people who rely on them, they ignore the people like my mother, a sweet 91 year old, who is ENTITLED TO RESPECT.

Choosing a Doctor

Living up here in God’s Country, as most refer to Vancouver Island, I think we get a bit complacent, and out of touch with reality at times. Today our Family Doctor told us he was retiring, which I suppose you could expect, but you know, not a heck of a lot of notice.

Now Mother is 91 next month, and it is important that we keep monitoring things. She is on Cumadin, which requires monitoring, and other medications, so we did get a list of alternative doctors. So I called one that is close by, that specializes in people over 70 and you know, I am gonna keep looking.

To begin with, they will send me an APPLICATION, to be sent back and if approved, they’ll book an appointment.  UH EXCUSE ME? An Application for THEM TO APPROVE?

I don’t get it, because I AM THE CUSTOMER, and it isn’t whether they like me, it is whether I LIKE THEM that matters, they are the one’s who will be paid, not me. Still, you have to wonder, if maybe we all just got this whole thing ass backwards. Doctors wanting an application from the patient?  Sort of be like Sears or Zellers asking for an application before they will let us shop in their store.

I DON’T THINK SO!