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Friday, January 12, 2018

Physical health is also important

Posted By on Fri, Jan 12, 2018 at 9:39 AM

I'm sure smokers have felt persecuted during the anti-smoking campaigns of the last 30 years. Well, eating and sitting are the new smoking, and instead of lung cancer we now have type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and musculoskeletal disorders. Definitely it hurts to be perpetually reminded that there are certain ways that you're physically unhealthy.  But why is it a good idea to tell kids it's OK to be fat, when no one would tell a kid it's OK to smoke?  People are dying from both.  It's not good that I have to put this in the "Bitching" section so I don't get attacked for fat-shaming: I don't want anyone to feel ashamed of their body, and I also do want people to be physically healthy and not die from heart disease. We need to be able to encourage better physical health and better mental health at the same time.  So by all means, throw out your scale if that helps you love yourself.  Meanwhile, take smaller portions, wait five minutes before you take seconds, and, if you can afford it, eat half as much starchy carb and twice as many vegetables. —Not A Fat-Shamer


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Friday, November 17, 2017

Nova Scotia needs family doctors

Posted By on Fri, Nov 17, 2017 at 9:29 AM

To the NS Government: I'm sorry that I have a disability that require's opioids and I'm sorry I need a family doctor to fill my prescription, my doctor retired and I have been looking for well over a year now. With  massage therapy and medication that I cut myself down on before the new opioid laws even took effect and with the help of my therapy I would be able to work again and finally get off of assistance! Oh by the way  my massage therapy is free thanks to a good friend so assistance and the good tax payers of Nova Scotia do not and still do not have to pay for it. I am now back to where I started: in pain, not being able to function, still on assistance, and  a drain on the system. If only there were more family doctors to help people out so they can get off of assistance.

Disgusted! Why even try when you'll end up back where you started?! —Sick in Nova Scotia


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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

I thought Canadians had healthcare? Where is mine?

Posted By on Tue, Aug 8, 2017 at 4:18 PM

I was first saddened by the way this province health system is managed, now it has turned to disgust. I've countlessly reached out to multiple resources just to be put on a never ending wait list because the medical attention I seek is needed but since I cannot afford health insurance I am just shoved in an overworked neglected system.

I understand our system is over burdened and had limited resources, but it upsets me so to see drug addicts get the medical attention they need and be put on expensive government funded programs to help rehabilitation and not care and continuously piss medical dollars away. I'm all for the ones who are trying, but I see more and more not give and shit and abuse the program.

I'm gripped 'cause I want to get better, I'm begging to get better, but unless I had an endless income to spend I cannot get the help or insurance I need, due to pre-existing conditions, I don't so I've been on a wait list since October just to have two appointments with a public case worker for them to tell me they are leaving, now I'm shoved back into a wait list system. Crumbs to all those suffering from mental illnesses and can't get the help they deserve like me. —Helpless Haligonian





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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

MRI urgent

Posted By on Wed, Jun 14, 2017 at 4:11 PM

My doctor put in a request for an MRI in October 2016. I just got the good news...I have an appointment for March 2018, in Kentville because HALIFAX is too busy. I might be dying, please send the bill to my estate.

Someone please remind me why we love public healthcare. —Not Amused





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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Clever, witty title

Posted By on Wed, Feb 8, 2017 at 4:00 PM

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To the employers and managers and supervisors who have all told me that my (chronic) mental health issues and the treatment thereof is having a negative effect on my job and their perception of me in some way: go fuck yourself. To anyone who is suffering through our broken (mental) health care system, who is having their worth determined and livelihood threatened by how many sick days it takes for you to feel stable and healthy and whole: I love you. I believe you. Keep fighting. These people may not understand what is happening to you but there are countless others out there who do and we need to stand together and support each other. As I type this, I am in tears, fearful that one more sick day to see a psychiatrist or a GP or to adjust to a new medication will mean the end of gainful employment for myself, I draw strength from all of your efforts simply to survive. –Clever, witty signature




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Friday, January 6, 2017

Emergency room

Posted on Fri, Jan 6, 2017 at 4:00 AM

Here I sit in QEII emerg, my leg that had surgery four days ago has developed a nasty purple patch so I'm in to make sure I'm not heading for blood clot land.  I'm sitting in what are likely the most uncomfortable cheap  office chairs ever made, for the last four hours. There is no comfort to be found. I have pulled up a coffee table for a footstool so I can keep my foot  elevated as suggested.  They can't give me a pillow, so I need to rest my bruise on the hardwood.    They tell me it will probably only be another four hours. I'm looking around at a large sad group of people, either sick or injured waiting and waiting.  Maybe someone should replace Stephen McNeil’s comfy executive office chair with one of these particularly shitty ones and see if he could sit eight hours. —Unhappy camper
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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

You're a doctor's office

Posted on Wed, Dec 14, 2016 at 4:00 AM

Why is it so hard to find a tissue in a doctor's office waiting room? —Sneezy
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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Accountability

Posted on Thu, Dec 8, 2016 at 4:00 AM

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I think people need to start taking more responsibility for their own health. So much emphasis is placed on the ‘failing health care system’, which yes, is overburdened, but whatever happened to personal accountability?
Doctors might see you once or twice a year, how are they supposed to ‘fix’ what you don’t care about on the other 363 days of the year? Guess what: you smoke, you drink, you're obese, you barely move from your couch, your attitude is terrible. Nobody is shocked you don’t feel well, and your negativity is poison to your wellness! For the people who have these attitudes like "I need help! I need meds! Nobody is doing anything for me! All doctors and nurses are stupid and useless!", here is a your prescription- take some responsibility.
You are not powerless, there are many things you can modify both psychologically and physiologically. Take yourself for a walk around the block, modify your diet, let go of hate and blame and try being kind; pills aren’t your only answer. We all want a quick fix, but it doesn’t exist! Health is hard work, but you are capable of being so much more helpful to yourself than anyone else can! You can do this, let 2017 be your year.—Tough Love
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Saturday, December 3, 2016

Mental health/medical health in town

Posted on Sat, Dec 3, 2016 at 4:00 AM

Been waiting since March 5, 2016 for a neurologist AND mental health practitioner for stroke patient. Finally get an appointment with mental health and get to office and find the doc called in sick. Come back in a month which is the earliest we can get you in. Two days before Christmas. Cast-iron receptionist without any visible warmth or compassion in her tone. It might be "free" medical care, but if you haven't got the money to seek out a shrink, it will NOT be a timely appointment by any means!! I wonder how many suicides are the result of callous handling? And why isn't mental health considered an automatic addition to treating brain injuries? What a frigging mind-blowing GAP in health care. —Frustrated wife of stroke survivor
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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Long term no care

Posted on Tue, Oct 18, 2016 at 4:00 AM

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I think the only way the long term care system in the Halifax area is going to change is if people who work in the facilities speak up, people who aren't afraid to lose their jobs, who can step outside the Unions which are often corrupt, to rise up and truly do what you are meant to do, and that is help people. The question is will you? Do you have the courage? We all no that there are people in higher up positions with in these care facilities that have no right being in a care environment. Rise up, take action, save lives. —One batch
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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Cancer is not a lucky break

Posted on Thu, Sep 15, 2016 at 4:00 AM

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I've got nothing against medical marijuana. If it gets to that point, I'll take it. However, do NOT say to the guy with stage IV colorectal cancer, “Dude, you're so LUCKY—they'll give you a medical marijuana card, no problem.” This is a good way to get yourself kicked in the nuts by a guy with cancer. Maybe your new testicular pain will be 'lucky' enough to get you your own card. —The Guy with Cancer
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Friday, July 22, 2016

At this point, I would pay for Anal Discovery

Posted on Fri, Jul 22, 2016 at 4:00 AM

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I am fed the eff up with healthcare in this godforsaken province! I am a 30-year-old woman who is facing losing her job because I have a chronic illness. An illness that requires a procedure for official diagnosis to get the treatment required to live day-to-day. Guess what? IT IS A FREAKING TWO-YEAR WAIT LIST to see GI and get a colonoscopy! That is insane. That is not okay and it is wrong. There is no option for me to pay someone to have the procedure done even if I COULD afford it, so I have to sit here and rot for two years. I have to give up my job I love because I just cannot do it from the effing toilet now can I?! This is a real piss off. I am sure there are people much sicker then I am waiting for these things. Yes it is AWESOME it is free...but what is the point if during the wait period someone dies or has zero quality of life? I just can't take this anymore! —ShitterisFULL!
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Friday, July 8, 2016

Your filthy mouth

Posted on Fri, Jul 8, 2016 at 4:00 AM

while waiting a bus stop, you stood there with your filthy cigarette, filling the air with your toxins. As I stood there, I realized that the filthy smoke was touching your filthy tongue, passing your filthy lips, drifting to me and contaminating my mouth and lungs!!!!! I gagged at the thought. I want every non-smoker to think of this, as you wait for your bus. Maybe it's time for us to write to our 'leaders' and tell them that's we've had enough of public smoking. We have a right to protect our health, and second hand smoke kills!!!! —Never leave home without tic-tacs
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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

You are NOT sick enough...

Posted on Tue, May 31, 2016 at 4:00 AM

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We need to start turning people away from the Emergency Room. Stubbed toes, runny noses and headaches are for drop-in clinics. I watched a man and his wife drive in; he drove - she must be the one right? Nope, he registers. A woman is on the phone stating she is in "excruciating pain" yet she carried on a long conversation with the caller - and after, another waiting patient. If you can drive yourself to emergency, you don't need to be there. Your pain is not excruciating if you can chit chat about gardens, grandchildren and other how long the other person is married. I see it this way: you are referred to emergency by a doctor or if the triage assessment determines if your hang nail pain is indeed excruciating. If not, out you go! —Hospital Overlord
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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Crisis Averted

Posted on Wed, May 18, 2016 at 4:00 AM

Fuck you to the contractors who caused a fire. Your shoddy electrical work burned up your newly renovated building and tore up the roof of the building next door. The entire block would have gone up in flames if not for the call to the fire department. Get your head out of your ass. —Lil Smoky
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