Uncle Robby Update:Communication Breakdown

By  | March 7, 2012 | 4 Comments | Filed under: Editorial

I just wanted to post a quick update on my Uncle Robby’s status as a lot of people are asking, and I have a column in this issue about it.

Susan Bridges and I have been meeting with and talking to various officials regarding my uncle, who suffered a stroke over a year ago and was in palliative care with no-one from the family knowing. I won’t go into a rant here about negligent bureaucrats, I’ll save it, but it is coming, and I will name names.

Although we still have a lot mmore questions than answers about how it happened, he is now getting some help. We have gone over his health records, and he’s in good shape for his age. He’s now getting physiotherapy and occupational therapy to help him communicate again. I can communicate with him, and I know he understands me, so it’s just a matter of getting the rest of the world to understand him. (If anyone can relate to that, I can!)

He’s well enough that we’re taking him to the Legion for a beer in the next few days, so that’s a pretty good indication of how well he’s doing.

Thanks to everyone for your support and understanding while I dealt with this. Thanks to Sue Taylor for all her help with the March Issue, and Susan Bridges for all her help in dealing with the various levels of ineptitude I encountered, and particularly for helping me from losing my cool.


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4 Responses to Uncle Robby Update:Communication Breakdown

  1. Jean Maich March 8, 2012 at 6:40 am

    I am sure your Uncle Robby will agree that angels walk among us. They come in all sizes, shapes and colours. Some even wear tin foil lines hats. Good job Scot!

  2. Robert Ross March 14, 2012 at 9:35 am

    Really sounds like the system droppped the ball.One would expect the social worker assigned to the patient would attempt to find family members.Definitely a hole in the system that needs fixed.
    Good to hear he is recovering and getting therapy.

  3. Hags March 14, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    In my mom’s case, the system worked brilliantly..and this was at a time when we had the so-called ‘Mike the Knife’ gov’t.
    When we saw problems with mom mentally, we went to her family doc…who set the wheels in motion. She was soon visited by a social worker…then a psychiatrist, then her family doc again. Their info was passed along to the head of Geriatrics, Dr. Wang (I think)…and his team determined that she needed long term care and could no longer live on her own.
    Anyway, next day after the Geriatric consultation, she was into St Lukes Long-term care. For us the system worked.
    Scot let’s hope that what happened to your uncle was merely an aberration.

  4. Allan Dettweiler March 24, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    “I won’t go into a rant here about negligent bureaucrats, I’ll save it, but it is coming, and I will name names”.

    All I can say is careful on this one.

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