Thoughts about Life and the Health Care Crisis

Hi and Welcome to the A & J PEI Treasures E Jean Simpson Author Blog Post and Podcast. I’m your host, Jean coming to you from the beautiful Province of Prince Edward Island, Canada!!  The blog post and podcast is an opinion piece and only reflects this author’s opinion and not that of any other entity.  I hold no designations in politics, economics or medicine.  I am retired from the mental health field and I am a humanitarian and speak from that viewpoint only.  Whether you agree or not, at least I hope it makes you think.  This week, I explore the effects of Health Care Crisis and other thoughts.  If you want to find out more, then stay tuned…!

Today after having spent hours on stuff going wrong with the computer, with emails that added to the burden as they don’t answer questions about the care my parents were being given and worries about why I can’t get a straight answer, I had enough.  We are considering our future and where we want to spend it.  We love the Province, but it would be better to be within easier access for family and physicians.  So, are we going to remain A & J PEI Treasures or are we going to be looking to move to another Province?  The questions hangs heavy in the air.  It has a lot of the factors that we love, the water, the space, my creativity has been great.  In the past months, I have suddenly developed allergies out of nowhere.  On top of that, the lack of information that I have about my parents has kept me worried.  It is harder to travel from the Island. COVID has made getting medical treatment harder.  I wonder if it is unrealistic to think that I can get medical care and that I can operate things as my computer has wonky stuff happening often.  So, there is a decision to make.  We can explore opportunities before it gets too late to move.  We are nearly in our 60th year. 

The thing that I find greatly confusing and concerning is that with all the extra medical staff in New Brunswick, they cannot seem to answer to me directly or easily as to whether a study is valid or not.  I cannot find out whether there is an institution involved with my parents or not.  They also cannot seem to indicate anything but that they would like to talk with me on the phone from a number and a location that is no longer valid.  It was, I assumed a simple question with a valid answer that one could see the information on.  This has turned into a round robin of having been given no fewer than three different potentially involved groups, different times and ruled out one since PNAB indicated no knowledge of it.  So, one of the factors is not only my husband and my own medical needs, but also my continued concerns about what is going on in the New Brunswick medical system.  It might be less stress if we were able to reach them more easily. 

So, what things do we need to take into account?  Firstly, on the medical basis, In New Brunswick in 2022, the population was estimated to be 794,300 https://www.populationu.com/ca/new-brunswick-population and of those there are 63,000 seeking a doctor https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/new-brunswick-doctor-wait-list-recruitement-1.6502958 for a statistic of about 1 in every 12 people looking for a doctor.  From my last week blog, we see that “On the Island, there is a population of about 167,680 and there are 24,976 people without doctors” which is about 1 in every 6 people don’t have a doctor https://aandjpeitreasures.wordpress.com/2022/08/06/the-health-care-crisis/.  On Nova Scotia, the population has reached 1,002,586 as of January 1, 2022 (https://novascotia.ca/finance/statistics/archive_news.asp?id=17640&dg=&df=&dto=0&dti=3).  This is the highest population for Nova Scotia on record. There are about “88,300 Nova Scotians on the province’s primary care wait-list.” https://atlantic.ctvnews.ca/nova-scotia-doctor-wait-list-hits-new-record-high-with-more-than-88-300-people-1.5854345.  This is about 1 in 11 people are looking for doctors.  When it comes to the Statistics, it seems the PEI is struggling.  There is no doubt. 

Another factor we will have to consider is pricing.  We are on a limited budget.  So, any move would have to be made to our advantage.  This might mean a wait while we explore opportunities.  I had considered something closer to Charlottetown, however, this might not address the parent concern.  Nova Scotia, depending on where, might offer some ability to be able to be closer to both families.  New Brunswick, while gives opportunity to be closer to my elderly parents and has the benefit of the best doctor patient ratios, also delivers a problem of being bilingual while we are unilingual English speaking.  I have, sadly, very poor French.  I never had a talent for languages and the best I got was laughed at in Quebec for asking directions to the bathroom.  I also got a snigger, though more kindly, when I tried to explain, our malfunctioning car.  They did a quick at the side of the road fix and I just wanted to make sure it wouldn’t blow up on the way home.  I never learned car maintenance terms in French class in school and apparently not even Quebec French.  I think it was a visit to the Maritimes and the car broke down in Quebec.  This did result in some pantomime and finally got the message and found that it would get us home.  “Kaboom” seems a universal thing in Canada.  They were happy enough to indicated “Non Kaboom” with obvious negative head shaking.  So, I have my doubts about my linguistic capabilities outside of the English language and some days even doubtful of that.  I’m grateful to the mechanic that could translate my bad French into something that we could at least manage with. 

As far as family, both Provinces have the benefit of being able to travel easily to either family.  There are some areas that hold some interesting promise for adventure.  I have some areas in mind in at least one of them.  I’m a Maritime child, an Atlantic Canada child, so I have the ability to move around in the Provinces with some comfort.  I’m not familiar with Newfoundland, so am less comfortable with the idea of going there.  It is also unlikely to improve the situation.  It is further away.  No offense to any of the Provinces, I am using practicality as part of the equation. 

Since we aren’t adverse yet to doing some smaller renovations, painting and such, and minor construction, this does increase the viability of a change of scenery.  Pricing isn’t worse in the rest of the Maritimes.  Cost of living comparisons for the Province of New Brunswick, it shows to be one of the lowest in the Maritimes.  https://livingcost.org/cost/canada/nb  showing $1504(monthly) being average, Prince Edward Island being $1716 (monthly) (see the bottom of the page for the numbers) and Nova Scotia being $1868 (monthly).  This gives a bit of an edge to New Brunswick.  Of course, it also depends on where you are in the Province.  Bigger cities in New Brunswick, for example are not a guarantee of higher or lower prices.  St. John seems to have the lowest at $1390 (monthly) while Moncton posts $1416 (monthly) and Fredericton shows $1712 (monthly).  The monthly cost of living discrepancy is likely true of all locations.  Some locations will be slightly better than others. 

The one thing that would have to change or perhaps end would be A & J PEI Treasures.  It would be completely dishonest to continue to run things as A & J PEI Treasures if we moved out of Province.  But, I’ve started over before.  Sometimes due to health, sometimes due to a workplace being unhealthy for me.  So, this isn’t something that will be a deciding factor.  I will, of course view Prince Edward Island fondly.  I love the water, the land, and the views.  I love the quiet walks with Sam and the photography that I do.  But, with recent allergies having suddenly become so difficult and the asthma attacks.  With the wonkiness of the computer system and my internet.  I have no idea what is the cause of it.  With the lack of respect for my work with it being taken and used by others without any thought to the creator nor to how I would feel about it.  There are a number of things that seem to be encouraging me to start to think about moving from the area.  The latest endeavour to get information on a simple study in New Brunswick causing me concerns, makes me think it might be best to give it serious consideration.  It would hurt to leave everything here behind, but sometimes it is important to take care of oneself and one’s family first.

So, as I continue to mull things over, I hope that this blog post has made you think and helps you to understand the complete picture of the situation in the Maritimes.  It’s interesting, it’s a challenge and sometimes the cards are stacked against you.  When that happens, you have to stand back and take a long hard look at yourself and your situation.  Sometimes things change for the better, and sometimes they don’t.  It happens.  Sometimes if you aren’t going to succeed, it is good to take a long hard look at the situation and see if something needs to be changed or if you need to change the situation.  I hear if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.  It’s a good saying, however, this is self-defeating and in some cases, I like something my old UNB Counselling Mentor said to me….If at first you don’t succeed, give up and try another way.  Thanks, Reg.  It’s been useful.  After you try, try again, then sometimes it’s useful to take a good look, explore all the options and sometimes, it is, indeed good to give up and try a different way.  Sometimes try, try again is just recipe for failure.  Look at a different approach and find one that does work.  This is some of my current ponderings.  It might give people something to think about.

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Thoughts about Life and the Health Care Crisis E Jean Simpson, BEd, BA, MA Author A & J PEI Treasures

All links in Welcome to the A & J PEI Treasures E Jean Simpson author podcast and blog post. This week, I ponder the current situation & wonder if I need a change. If you want to find out more, then stay tuned…! Applause courtesy of Freesound: https://freesound.org/search/?q=applause+51743&am Thank you Andrew Simpson for help with the proofreading creative input (the A in A & J PEI Treasures) Thank you to Anchor and all formats carrying the Podcast and Blog Post! Thank you to my listeners, readers and people who want to make this a better world. Articles: https://www.populationu.com/ca/new-brunswick-population https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/new-brunswick-doctor-wait-list-recruitement-1.6502958 https://novascotia.ca/finance/statistics/archive_news.asp?id=17640&dg=&df=&dto=0&dti=3 https://aandjpeitreasures.wordpress.com/2022/08/06/the-health-care-crisis/ https://atlantic.ctvnews.ca/nova-scotia-doctor-wait-list-hits-new-record-high-with-more-than-88-300-people-1.5854345 https://livingcost.org/cost/canada/nb Our Blog Posts are available on: WordPress: https://aandjpeitreasures.wordpress.com/  and GoodReads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/20155854.E_Jean_Simpson Podcast are available on: Anchor FM in a variety of formats: https://anchor.fm/a–j-pei-treasures iHeart Radio: https://www.iheart.com/podcast/269-e-jean-simpson-bed-ba-ma-a-82327485/ Podchaser: https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/e-jean-simpson-bed-ba-ma-autho-1715585 Amazon: https://music.amazon.ca/podcasts/879afe63-b03a-419d-8c13-068892219490/E-JEAN-SIMPSON-BED-BA-MA-AUTHOR-A–J-PEI-TREASURES My e-books can be found on: Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/E.-Jean-Simpson/e/B089Y5LWHS Smashwords (my Affiliate link): https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/?ref=ejstoo  or https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/ejstoo You can also find us on: Twitter: https://twitter.com/EJS08026749 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5zpCudGThZpEC92ZgHm13A Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.ca/ej2466 LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/e-j-s-151a2219 Thanks for reading or listening! 

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Welcome to the A & J PEI Treasures E Jean Simpson author podcast and blog post.  This week, I ponder the current situation and wonder about if I need a change.  If you want to find out more, then stay tuned…!
Sometimes it is good to explore whether you want to continue to weather the storm or give up and try another way. The matching podcast can be found on Anchor FM: https://anchor.fm/a–j-pei-treasures/episodes/Thoughts-about-Life-and-the-Health-Care-Crisis-e1mem0u
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E Jean Simpson, is the author, blogger, podcaster and one of the photographers of A & J PEI Treasures. A & J PEI Treasures is located on Prince Edward Island, Canada. All opinions stated in the Blog Post are my opinions and may not be that of A & J PEI Treasures. We are made up of a husband and wife team and our companion animals. There are a number of things that drew us to the Island…one of which was the natural beauty of the area. We enjoy constructing things and renovations to our place, upcycling, photography, writing, and a simpler lifestyle. Thank you for your interest. E Jean Simpson/Andrew Simpson of A & J PEI Treasures (2019). I can't get links to work in Gravatar, so links are below: ​​​​​You can find us at Social Media: ​​​​​​​Pinterest -https://www.pinterest.ca/ej2466/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/EJS08026749 YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5zpCudGThZpEC92ZgHm13A? (YouTube) LinkedIn: - https://www.linkedin.com/in/e-j-s-151a2219 Blog Posts: WordPress - https://aandjpeitreasures.wordpress.com/ Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/20155854.E_Jean_Simpson/blog E-Books Available on: Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/author/ejeansimpson_a-jpeitreasures Smashwords - https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/ejstoo you can also see us on... BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/profile/e-jean-simpson ​​​​​​​ We have podcasts started on Anchor FM and can be found on the following: Anchor FM: https://anchor.fm/a--j-pei-treasures Google Podcasts: https://www.google.com/podcasts?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy81MDJkOTZjOC9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw== Pocket Casts: https://pca.st/he6mroww RadioPublic: https://radiopublic.com/e-jean-simpson-bed-ba-ma-author-8grQ72 Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/1xzUQzKzGyAChOXT4WLe1Z Apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/e-jean-simpson-bed-ba-ma-author-a-j-pei-treasures/id1558288352?l iHeart Radio: https://www.iheart.com/podcast/269-e-jean-simpson-bed-ba-ma-a-82327485/ Podchaser: https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/e-jean-simpson-bed-ba-ma-autho-1715585 Amazon: https://music.amazon.ca/podcasts/879afe63-b03a-419d-8c13-068892219490/e-jean-simpson-bed-ba-ma-author-a-j-pei-treasures ​​​​​​​ Some of our e-books are winners of the Canada Book Awards (https://canadabookaward.com/). -​​​​​​​Quotes, Poems and Thoughts: With Pictures from Prince Edward Island, Canada -​​​​​​​Rocky Mountain Memories (Accepted for the 2020 Reader's Choice General Nonfiction- https://www.tckpublishing.com/2020-readers-choice-voting-page/) *(Canada Book Award winner https://canadabookaward.com/​​​​​​​) -​​​​​​​Floral Photography: Hope of Life and for the Future *(Canada Book Award winner https://canadabookaward.com/) ​​​​​​​-From the Lens of my Camera: This and That and a Big Black Cat. *(Canada Book Award winner https://canadabookaward.com/) -How to Publish an E-book on a Budget of $0: Making your Dreams a Reality -The Big Kid’s Magical Path to Numbers (The Big Kid's Magical Path Book 1) (Canada Book Award 2020 winner https://canadabookaward.com/) -The Big Kid’s Magical Path to The Alphabet (The Big Kid's Magical Path Book 2) (Canada Book Award 2020 winner https://canadabookaward.com/) -The Big Kid's Magical Path to Shapes in Nature (The Big Kid's Magical Path Book 3) -The Big Kid's Magical Path to Colours in Nature (The Big Kid's Magical Path Book 4) -The Big Kid's Magical Path to Insects in Nature (The Big Kid's Magical Path Book 5) More to follow! ​​​​​​​ *(Canada Book Award winner https://canadabookaward.com/​​​​​​​) is noted on books that won

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