I was really very lucky with Cameron. In many ways! But the way that’s come to mind right now is that he was born healthy and well. I could take him home with me from the hospital when I left – they kept us there extra time, but that had nothing to do with him. Or me, for that matter.
Yesterday an email popped into my inbox on my zoology account. Most I just delete. I don’t work there anymore. I don’t go to the seminars, I don’t need to know that a rep from some company or other will be visiting, I don’t need to know there are donuts in the coffee room. Heck, I don’t even know why I still get the gradslist emails, it’s been over two years now since I was a grad student there. But this one caught my eye and for some reason I read it.
A grad student was putting out the word, housing help was needed for May and June. A friend of hers had just had a baby, but all is not well. The baby boy needs to be hospitalized for six to eight or more weeks. They’re not from here; she was flown here for an emergency C section, and now must stay as Childrens’ is THE place for their son to be. But they don’t have anywhere to stay.
I didn’t even have to think about it. Cameron and I are gone from Wednesday through Mother’s day. That’s a week and a half that they won’t have to worry about housing. I’ll leave my place with clean sheets and towels, otherwise tidy, and they’ve got a quiet place to call ‘home’ when they need a break from the IV tubes, monitors, and things that go beep.
It sounds like they’ve got other people offering places too, but needed that stretch of time covered.
It’s kinda weird. I don’t know the grad student. I don’t know the couple. But … wow. If I were in their shoes I’d sure hope that someone would offer a place. And it’s not like it’s any trouble for me. It just felt right.
Is it just me, or is that not something that should be covered by Provincial Health insurance? If the local hospital cannot care for an infant, shouldn’t the parents be accommodated somehow wherever the baby is flown to? Isn’t it unreasonable to leave them flailing for a place to stay for two months, forced to chose between couch surfing, maxing out credit cards on hotels, or leaving? What’s the message we’re sending here?
Report on my goals for the week …
Haven’t done squat about the ecosystem evolving at roughly 4 degrees C (aka the stuff that’s in my fridge)
Did lots of walking today, pushing the stroller, but nothing ‘formal’ like a podcast workout
Dishes got done last night, will again tonight
Bed before 11? HA! Nope. Not gonna happen.
And lesson learned. Don’t tag anything with the word ‘insurance’. SPAM links. OY!