Health-care sys­tem a mess

Cape Breton Post - - EDITORIAL -

I re­cently read in the Cape Bre­ton Post a story about a 96-year-old Glace Bay woman who waited for four-and-a-half hours in an emer­gency room with­out be­ing seen by a doc­tor (Port Morien man says ER triage rules need dose of com­mon sense, June 16). This de­spite the fact she had to vomit at one point.

Her son checked with a nurse be­cause his mother was so ill and was told there were four pa­tients ahead of her. She told him that ev­ery­one was equal in the hos­pi­tal.

I’m sorry but I don’t agree. Pa­tients who are re­ally sick shouldn’t have to wait so long. Use com­mon sense.

It’s scary to get sick to­day and some peo­ple are let out of hos­pi­tal too soon. I heard of a lady who had her breast re­moved and was al­lowed to go home only hours later. That’s too soon.

I hope our politi­cians try to make our hos­pi­tal sys­tem bet­ter. Our hos­pi­tal emer­gency rooms should be open 24/7 but I see in the pa­per the North­side Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal was closed for three days re­cently.

We are sick of hear­ing about short­ages of doc­tors to do the shifts. If they all took their turns we wouldn’t be so short. Hire more nurses too if they’re short.

A lot of peo­ple are sent to the Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Hos­pi­tal where they wait for hours, which shouldn’t be. When a per­son is sick they find it hard to get to their own hos­pi­tal let alone hav­ing to travel to another one. I know peo­ple who couldn’t get to the hos­pi­tal when they should have gone. Ei­ther no one was avail­able to take them or they didn’t want to travel to Syd­ney be­ing not well, or didn’t want the long wait at the Syd­ney hos­pi­tal.

Our health-care sys­tem is a mess and it needs to be fixed. Mickey Bush­nik Syd­ney Mines

I’ve come to learn some things as I’ve got­ten older.

No mat­ter what you do or say, there will al­ways be some­one who dis­agrees with it — no mat­ter how good your in­ten­tions may be.

There will al­ways be peo­ple who dis­like you and it doesn’t mat­ter any­more. Some­times it’ll be for what you say and at other times it will be for what you don’t say. And there will be other times some­one will dis­like you be­cause you have poor fash­ion sense, for your pol­i­tics and a host of other things you be­lieve. It’s com­ing to terms with this that takes time.

The peo­ple who like you and love you will al­ways out­num­ber the peo­ple who don’t.

I don’t mind line­ups as much as I used to. It gives me a chance to chat.

I’ve learned that since be­com­ing a par­ent there is no such thing as per­fect par­ent. Be­cause of this I now know that my par­ents gave me un­con­di­tional love in my first few years of life even though I don’t re­mem­ber it be­cause I can’t re­call any­thing be­fore the age of four.

You don’t need a whole lot of money to en­joy life. You just need enough.

It’s im­por­tant to know no one is bet­ter than any­one else no mat­ter your ed­u­ca­tion, your job or the money you have be­cause in the end we ‘all go to zero.’

No one gets to de­serve to be the first in line. No one de­serves bet­ter treat­ment. We are all the same.

Laugh­ter re­ally is the best medicine and a per­fect cure to a bad day.

You speak your mind more be­cause you feel more com­fort­able in your own skin.

You end up in more trou­ble be­cause you speak your mind.

We con­tin­u­ally rein­vent our­selves. I know I’m not the same per­son I was 30, 20 or even 10 yeas ago.

I no longer care if socks and san­dals don’t go to­gether. Bill Fian­der Syd­ney

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