I live in Winnipeg in Manitoba, my 19 year-old daughter lives in Calgary in Alberta - and I'm worried. Thought I'd share this email I wrote and sent
Don't worry about getting here for me - I'm quite okay. ...
Love you. Miss you. Have total faith in you - I know you will figure things out, and keep learning, growing, connecting and being the incredible woman
you already are.
...But given your current situation, here are a few bits of info and wisdom you might want to ponder:
1. The personal IS political. [Much of what we experience as individuals can be explained in larger political terms. ...In some ways, true, we create
our own realities - but in other ways, we have to take what's shoved down our throats and suck it up.] Think about it.
2. Political events impact -and often define- individual experience. [From wars, unemployment and poverty to pandemics and food shortages that starve
the poor and squeeze the middle class. Look beneath the surface and you'll always find political/economic event(s) that created the problems you are
forced to deal with every day. ...Look deeper and you'll find out who made a profit from your pain.] ...How we react to and feel about it all is a
personal choice, but what is, is.
3. Alberta's economy is in the toilet - the province is Billion$ of $$$ in debt - and the government is cutting health funding to balance the budget.
Truly scary given that we're in the middle of a pandemic that could turn deadly within weeks. Means TPTB (The-Powers-That-Be in Alberta) have decided
to let poor people die rather than pay the high costs of pandemic health care. And when the sick and starving poor people kick, the government will
save even more money on unemployment and welfare programs.
Alberta deficit at $6.9B
Alberta's deficit could hit $8B
"Alberta's unemployment rate has more than doubled since 2008 to 7.4 per cent. Hirsch expects it will continue to
"...the health board has reined in funding for several health services, including MRI tests."
"Alberta Health Services, under Duckett's leadership, is looking to cut $650 million from its $12-billion budget to reduce a $1.3-billion
If you decide to stay in Calgary (and I can't honestly say anywhere else will be much better), here are a few tips if the fall pandemic wave is
1. Be prepared to hide out if you're sick, or everyone's infected and you need to avoid exposure:
* Stock up on cheap nutritious food that will keep (dried, like raisins, and canned). [Note: there also will be food shortages when shippers get too
sick to work.]
* Have bottles for water in case the water gets cut off - fill the bathtub and everything available immediately
if lots of people get sick
and/or stop going to work.
2. Start taking immune supports now and assume you won't get medical care if you get sick: stock up now on herbal remedies.
* Start taking Vitamin C and Fish oil now and until it's all over (fish oil capsules if you insist, but straight oil is much cheaper).
* Co-enzyme Q10 (CO Q-10). Get some, but wait until people are getting sick before you start taking it.
3. Do not do anything
that compromises your immune system or vascular function (drinking, drugs, more than 2 cups coffee per day, fast food,
I love you so much. Be well. Phone lots. Email often.
"Pray for the dead and fight like hell for the living."
[edit on 7-9-2009 by soficrow]