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Pharmacists: Not just pill counters

I recently discovered that pharmacists can do way more than count pills and warn me not to operate machinery. This newfound knowledge came as a result of two surprisingly positive encounters with pharmacists in the last couple of weeks. (Not that my prior encounters with pharmacists were negative; for the most part they were […]

Happy Canada Day Stephen Harper. Here's 59 cents.


It’s hard to look at yourself objectively, but rightly or wrongly, I’ve always thought of Canadians as ¬†peaceful, fair, decent, thoughtful and compassionate people who respect diversity, care about social justice and try to do the right thing. Oh sure, there are plenty of exceptions, and we’ve had our share of collective ugliness too. ¬†Overall, […]

Who should pay for infertility treatments?

Photo: Corridor

We were in Montreal for a few hours on Sunday to celebrate an anniversary, and while we were there we were treated to a tour of the Ovo fertility clinic. (Someone in GC’s family works there.)

You should see this place. It was designed by architects who really took off with the theme of […]

Hemorrhaging money from both ends

Last night GC and I went to Loblaws and gathered a bunch of ingredients for a Cob Salad. Then we unshopped, putting all those ingredients back where we found them, and drove over to Farm Boy instead, because we love Farm Boy. (Sometimes when we can’t think of anything to do, one of us will […]

2009: The Readers Digest Condensed Version

Tomorrow I plan to do my full Year in Review post. But for now, here’s the Readers Digest Condensed Version:

In 2009 I had two mammograms, three breast ultrasounds, a pelvic ultrasound, an abdominal ultrasound, a bone scan, two biopsies, six MRIs, one radiation set-up, 18 radiation treatments, three pre-ops, three operations, three post-ops, 10 […]

Lying Around, Day 2

When I was first told I had to spend the next six weeks lying down, my first thought was “That’s crazy! I might be lazy, but I’m not THAT lazy!”

But, you know what? Maybe I am that lazy. I’m adapting. I’m getting into it. I’ve been writing, and I’ve had visitors and I’ve knit a […]

Home from the Hospital

I had a pretty good time at the hospital, even though I didn’t get any red jello and was too groggy for puzzles or knitting or even reading.

We got to the Civic at 6:15 a.m, and a few minutes later I was in my hospital gown and in a bed, where a friendly nurse […]

Mystery infection at the Civic

The surgeon’s office called today and canceled my spine surgery. Apparently there are no beds available.

“What do you mean?” I asked.

“No beds,” she repeated, “It’s like the inn is full.”

“But don’t I have a reservation?” I asked.

She laughed and laughed.

Then she said she was sorry, but that’s just the way it goes. She could re-schedule […]

I’m not waiting anymore

I’m sick of being sick. It’s not just the cancer. My back problem makes the cancer seem merely inconvenient. The protruding disk is so big it’s almost completely blocking my spinal cavity, and it’s pinching the nerves in there. Bottom line? Severe nerve pain in my left leg, especially when I walk.

So I don’t […]