Monday, July 18, 2016
I know that there are a few people who are continuing to read this site... And, I appreciate you. I also appreciate this site, and know that I have been neglecting it. I have thought and drafted a few posts that I will eventually get to, but for now, I want you to head over to Warm Heart Initiatives.
I'm doing a walking challenge right now, and I would appreciate your support! I am aiming to walk 500km in 50 days (basically), and raise 1500$. So far fundraising has been slow, but walking has been awesome. It is amazing how much you see and how much you think about when you are walking. I live in this incredible spot of the world, which makes walking "easy." However, doing something consistently day after day is a challenge. So, please join me in this journey.
Meanwhile... some photos from a weekend camping trip I did up to Joffre lakes with some girls. It was walking, it was just not during my walking challenge!!!
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
- We see lots of animals: bears, salmon, bald eagles, deer, mysterious animals in the forest that you cant see, birds, snakes.
- There is so much to do! Being outside is Squawesome, and it is so much fun to learn new things. Mountain biking is great, and challenging. Trail running is way better than road running. I want to paddle board, I want to get back into camping.
- Our neighbourhood is awesome. Almost like the condo community in Vancouver, but with yards houses. Good Facebook group, lovely conversations while walking the trails around our house.
- Farmers markets, and craft markets. Such a good, local scene here.
- Lots and lots of people our age, with similar interests to us. Everyone has super adorable kids who do awesome active stuff.
- The dog has so many great places to explore and sniff and run. She is basically in doggie heaven.
- There are way too many things to do. How am I to choose if I have mountain and road biking, swimming, fishing, climbing, paddle boarding, hiking, snowshoeing, skiing!?
- We have not found a church: however, we have heard sermons that deny the resurrection of Christ, believe that the United Nations is representative of "the one world government" and symbolic that the armageddon is coming, or have misogynistic/homophobic tones. It really makes me uncomfortable and sad. I miss church and having a good community of Christians to have dialogue with... and, not going to lie, I miss not having to explain my traditional background.
- Trying new things is dangerous. I have rolled my ankle real bad, and it sucks. Sean has fallen on his bike, and he got hurt. Having fun outside can be dangerous.
- I miss my triathlon team. Being in a team builds community. I miss that. I miss the routine of training with others. I miss seeing people on a regular basis.
- it is hard to make appointments. It basically requires a whole day off work. And, things are randomly quite spread out.
- Everyone has kids. its hard to hang out.
- The commute: even though it is the most beautiful commute in canada, it still sucks 2-2.5 hours out of your day.
Friday, January 1, 2016
Saturday, July 25, 2015
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Rebecca was 31 when she passed away, after years going in and out of different facilities. She was diagnosed with Schizoaffective disorder, and had all the difficulties associated with it: couldn't hold down a job, difficult family relationships, housing troubles, substance use, etc. etc. At any rate, long story short is that she was in Alberta Hospital in intensive care; after having been taken off her medications and started on Clozapine, she passed away suddenly. On a Friday, she had a physical assessment by an MD, and then she was found dead in her bed on a Sunday morning. The post-mortem indicated that she had a toxic amount of clozapine in her blood. No one knows “why,” and thus, our family called for a public inquiry.
As someone who works with, and cares a lot for, folks who live with Mental illness and substance use, I am very interested in advocating for better care for this population. My hope in the inquiry process is that there will be recommendations that will be made, which cannot be ignored. People should not die while they are in psychiatric intensive care. I want the public to be made aware, and I don’t want other people to die from the same (possible) mistakes that were made.
I see media as being a very powerful tool to help with these types of this, hence my reaching out to local media. People with mental illness should be in the hospital to when they need to improve, heal and be kept safe. Medications provided to any patient should have the keenest of knowledge around them. Policies surrounding staff competency, staffing levels, and observational rounds should be rigorous and promote safety for clients. People should not spontaneously die while in a psychiatric ICU.
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