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Aug 6 β€’ 10 tweets β€’ 4 min read
Reasons why my 6 month old baby was vaccinated for #COVID19 today, a thread by a mom and a doctor.

Read on...🧡

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1. Safety: The Moderna vaccine was tested on over 11 000 kids and they found no 'red flag' side effects. The usual was seen like a sore limb or fussing/crying. But even more serious side effects in older age groups, like Myocarditis, was not found in under 5 yrs old

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Jul 10 β€’ 5 tweets β€’ 2 min read
I accepted transfer of 2 patients from #YEG ER depts to the facility I work at so they can get appropriate care for their medical issues & offload ER volumes.

Its been 36hrs.

They aren't here & there's no ETA

Because there is no EMS to transport them.

This. Is. A. Crisis. So tell me again why you think we should allow one of the most incompetent & destructive governments in #Alberta's history to lead us again for another 4 yrs? Because all the @Alberta_UCP has done for this province is burn #abhealth to the ground.

#abpoli #ableg
Mar 22 β€’ 8 tweets β€’ 4 min read
Dear @Alberta_UCP voters registering in the thousands for the leadership vote, heed my warning: Kicking out @jkenney will not save this province. Replacing him w/@BrianJeanAB will not undo the damage of the last 3yrs.

If you vote UCP again, there will be dire consequences. 1/7 I watched excellent doctors leave in 2020 due to the UCP fight w/doctors. But these were only the docs who were given opportunities to leave & weren't easily tied to this province. The rest of us stayed behind and fought b/c leaving wasn't so simple & we hoped for change 2/7
Feb 20 β€’ 19 tweets β€’ 4 min read
Let's talk about the hatred towards Trudeau a little bit here. I doubt this Tweet will get much attention but I want to air this frustration I have, particularly with #Albertans over the age of 50 who are triggered into rage everytime you say "Trudeau".

TLDR: Get over it

🧡 1/x I grew up in a conservative home, surrounded by those who worked in O&G and saw the fall out of the National Energy Program. I have heard the stories over & over of the economic collapse it created in Alberta.

I have been raised with the dogma that Trudeau = Satan

2/x
Jan 24 β€’ 5 tweets β€’ 3 min read
So millions of $$ has been raised & a cross-Canada truck convoy organized to protest supply shortages that haven't even happened. And yet we are understaffed in hospitals & schools everywhere. Where were these truckers for HCWs & teachers during 5 waves of #COVID19? 1/5 Where were the GoFundMes to raise money for masks & rapid tests for teachers? Where were the truck convoys to support nurses, doctors & HCWs being strained to their limits across the country?

These aren't #TruckersForFreedom

They are #TruckersForSelfishness

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Jan 22 β€’ 17 tweets β€’ 7 min read
Why is it important to decriminalize minor drug offenses? Why do I support this #harmreduction discussion that @CityofEdmonton is going to have in only a couple days?

I'm no storyteller like @drdagly and I'm not an expert like @ehyshka.

But let me try to show you why. πŸ§΅πŸ‘‡ 1/x TW: opioid poisoning deaths, residential schools, Sixties Scoop, self harm

Aka: this is heavy. Welcome to my job. This is addiction med front lines. Come see what I see.

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Dec 29, 2021 β€’ 10 tweets β€’ 4 min read
@CMOH_Alberta: I didn't think I could reach a point where I would be more angry with you but here we are. By telling everyone to report their positive RATs to their Family Doctor, you have thrown us under the bus medicolegally. I have confirmed with CRA today. Read on

🧡1/10 I just had a patient test positive for COVID on a home RAT. She contacted fed EI and she is eligible for the Covid illness benefit but only if she gets a "medical note from her doctor verifying she has COVID"

So, Dr. Hinshaw & @jkenney, how do I legally prove this? 2/10
Oct 15, 2021 β€’ 11 tweets β€’ 4 min read
The very public mistake that @CMOH_Alberta made with the 14yr old who passed of cancer, not COVID, earlier this week is not a minor event that she can simply apologize for.

This was a really stupid error, and as someone who works in palliative care, I'll tell you why

πŸ§΅πŸ‘‡ 1/11 First & foremost: What a horribly public way to disrupt a family's grieving process. I hope they find a way to forgive Dr.Hinshaw & public health, because holding resentment can be toxic to healing, but I wouldn't blame them if they were angry for a long time.

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Oct 14, 2021 β€’ 5 tweets β€’ 2 min read
Hey Twitter, today was particularly hard with angry, rude & demanding patients with strong anti-vaxx views. I didn't hold it together very well today and snapped at one. I feel very bad but I am giving myself space b/c I know I'm being pushed to my limits everyday.

#COVID19AB Please be kind to your doc. We really want the best for you. If we are showing that we are upset, realize you might be pushing us too far. We are human too. Please leave when we say the visit is over, don't keep pushing. It's better to end the convo and come back to it later.
Sep 3, 2021 β€’ 11 tweets β€’ 3 min read
AHS email from Dr.Verna Yiu just laid out how dire things are in #Alberta right now with COVID. See the highlights of the email below.

#abhealth #abpoli #ableg #COVID19AB

πŸ§΅πŸ‘‡ "Effective immediately, AHS is postponing non-urgent surgeries and procedures across all zones...AHS will maintain urgent and emergent procedures, as well as prioritized cancer surgeries."

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Aug 30, 2021 β€’ 12 tweets β€’ 3 min read
I've heard lots of people, including the UCP Caucus Chair, say we just need to "let #COVID19AB run its course" and "learn to live with it"

What would that look like? Let me try to make some suggestions as an Albertan doc

Thread πŸ‘‡πŸ§΅ 1/x 1. We need field hospitals & field ICUs because currently our hospitals do not have capacity for a 4th wave. Also, we are Alberta, not California, so it needs to be field hospitals that can handle winter. This costs $$ but we know @jkenney hasn't used all his fed funds yet. 2/x
Aug 6, 2021 β€’ 27 tweets β€’ 6 min read
Hey Twitter of #Alberta. Doctors just finished a town hall with Dr.Hinshaw about the new policy changes. I tried my best to take notes on as much as I could. So here's what I have.

*Pls note: I am NOT endorsing anything, this is what was said from Dr.Hinshaw ONLY*

Thread🧡 She recognizes that communication last week was not sufficient or complete and they are going to try to send us more info. They are working on a document with cited evidence to explain their decisions that is coming end of this week or next. 2/x
Jul 12, 2021 β€’ 8 tweets β€’ 3 min read
Everyone's talking about the closed beds at the Royal Alex & the multiple rural ER departments being unable to open due to lack of physician & nurse staffing.

Let me tell you a story, as a former rural Alberta doc who worked ER

Thread πŸ§΅πŸ‘‡ #ableg #abpoli #abhealth 1/x A few years ago, still within our recent memory, I worked in small town #Alberta. I did all the things a rural GP did - clinic, hospital work and ER shifts.

But working ER shifts solo was *really* stressful. People are very sick & to have no back up for kms was terrifying. 2/x
Apr 24, 2020 β€’ 6 tweets β€’ 3 min read
@JasonNixonAB Just read your statement to Mountain View Today. Let's dissect this: "The place to deal with this is around the table...now is not the time, from both a pandemic perspective as well as from a financial perspective ... Now is not the time for division..."1/6 "...Now is the time for all of us to work together to figure out how our province is going to get through this.”

1. @Albertadoctors were TRYING to get to the table for MONTHS. @Alberta_UCP REFUSED arbitration. We WANT to negotiate. You do not. Your party broke the table 2/6
Mar 13, 2020 β€’ 5 tweets β€’ 2 min read
Good morning @shandro @jkenney I didn't sleep again last night, which has been a pattern for weeks now. So I have a favour to ask: Could you please delay the changes to physician billing a few months? For our mental health. This is why, read my thread: 1/5 I'm scared for my patients. I have a large panel of palliative & cancer patients and I'm worried for them. I have seniors in LTC homes. I don't sleep b/c my brain is constantly trying to process ways to protect them. I lay awake last night wondering if I should set up Skype 2/5