health care

4011 – Bananas (Chapter 2)

In the last chapter, I left my reader with the impression that I was gradually becoming enamored with the prospects of becoming an enlightened shopper/consumer who has finally grasped the importance of participating in the weekly shopping for groceries. Much of… Continue Reading →

A Day at the Fair

Yesterday was the sixtth Labor Day we’ve spent here in the Greater Victoria area. Of those six, we have clear memories of spending four of those somewhere outside doing a recreational activity such cycling, hiking or visiting the fair. Yesterday… Continue Reading →

Exploding a Myth

A large part of my education these days is challenging old myths that still persist in my life. Like Eric Weiner in “The Geography of Genius”,  I must learn to chuck my prepossessing notion of genius and admit that for many… Continue Reading →

Tent City Stays – Helping the Homeless

When we moved to Victoria five years ago, we knew that it was a very popular place to live, considering prime location and mild climate. We also knew, from previous stays, that the Emerald City attracted a lot of transient… Continue Reading →

Watch Your Step

Living in the big city has its many visible rewards as well as it many hidden perils.Too often we seek the former at the expense of overlooking the latter. Life, as a grand scale morality play, expects us to pay… Continue Reading →

Taking Chances

Yesterday I got a stern reminder that one’s health should never become a matter of last-minute risk taking. As I have explained in earlier blogs, I have a recent history of retinal tears and vitreal hemorrhaging which needs to be… Continue Reading →

A Metaphor for Life

There isn’t much in life that should surprise us anymore: earthquakes, tsunamis, market meltdowns, dementia, decrepitude, et cetera. We are all prepared for that moment when the car won’t start, or the Revenue Agency finally catches up with our questionable… Continue Reading →

A Toothpaste that Works

My last two checkups at the dentist have been cavity free. I owe this achievement to the fact that I am using Prevident toothpaste on a regular basis. It has a high concentration of fluoride and is about three times… Continue Reading →

Canada’s Blood Supply in Crisis Once Again

Word out today from the CBC is that Canada’s blood supply is at an all-time low. This is an important story for us because two members of our family depend on blood product to maintain a reasonably healthy life. It… Continue Reading →

Changing Dentists

We’ve been in Victoria for the past four years and we finally got around to making a critical decision about our oral health: we’ve decided to switch dentists in the interests of getting a better handle on managing our teeth…. Continue Reading →

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