Thursday, February 26, 2015

Requiem aeternam

I came home from work last night to a chilly house and learned that my furnace had been acting up me.

But that doesn't really matter right now.

I woke up this morning still cold and faced with having to miss a day at work to get the furnace looked at.

But that doesn't really matter right now.

I bitched and gripped as the morning wore on, the house got colder and I waited for a technician to come to the house.

But that doesn't really matter right now.

The faulty furnace part, now sits atop my dryer.

That doesn't really matter right now either.

News of a recent inadvertent poisoning in the city has left many in shock and wonder.  I have to admit one of my first reactions was to think "what was the mother thinking."  Without doubt, there are many questions that will be asked in the days and weeks ahead.  All this just doesn't matter right now.  It doesn't matter because at the end of the day, this poor woman will have to live forever with her conscience and the results of her actions.  It's tragic.  Pure and simple.

And now, more unfortunate news as we learn that a second child has died.  This news hits home for me in many ways as I have a son not that much younger than one of the young boys involved.  And while I don't get to see him as often as I like, at least that is still a possibility.  For one poor women here, when it comes to her two youngest children, that option is now forever closed to her.

Sometimes there really are no words, and I have to admit I've been struggling quite a bit with just what to say since first learning about it.

Hug your kids a little tighter today.


Monday, February 23, 2015

Hospital Woes

It's not very often I am forced to agree with much of anything that comes from an Alberta politician, especially an NDP'er.  Thinking back to the time my own son was born here in 2011, though and remembering the gong show it was at times, I do know that our maternity ward here faces many challenges.  Apparently, over the course of the past 4 years, not much has changed.  It's an issue I feel so strongly about that I sent off an email to my local MLA here.  Initially, I have to admit I just want to jump all over the guy, but I've decided to wait and see if and how he responds first.  I've written my MLA a couple times in the past and never received a reply so I'm rather skeptical....and cynical.

I do find it a bit ridiculous that the man's office is less than two blocks from my house and while the big white, shiny sign says the MLA for Fort McMurray-Conklin is in that building somewhere I haven't seen much evidence of that in terms of the communication I get from him.  Hence my skepticism that my email will actually be acknowledged.  I'm sure I'll get the old "this is my community too" shtick from him.  Of course, politicians pretty much have to say something like that anyway.  Forgive me if I sound as though I feel that our two local MLA's really don't care all that much at times.  Don Scott has his law firm to go back to.  Mike Allen has his business to return to....or possibly his ladies.

I'm sure that our health care professionals here so the best with what they have to work with.   Now, if our MLA tries to convince me that things will actually improve inspite of a 9% budget cut, well, I have a nice shiny $3 bill for him.