Monthly Archives: June 2014

Kelowna – A Tale of Two Cities

I have now been in Kelowna for almost a year and I must admit it is a city of dichotomy.  I would like to say it is a tale of two cities but in actuality it is a tale of … Continue reading

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Polio Diaries – Episode 5

And so it was that on Monday December 28, 1953 my parents returned me to hospital.  Christmas was over and I don’t remember any more of it than my dad throwing up.  Friday January 1, 1954 I entered what was … Continue reading

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Polio Diaries – Episode 4

I am going to switch gears today to discuss supportive alliances.  Polio survivors have had numerous alliances over the years and often the survivors were not even aware of them.  One of those alliances was in the form of the … Continue reading

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Polio Diaries, Episode 3

1953 saw the last of the major polio epidemics in North America.  In Canada that resulted in almost 9000 cases with over 500 deaths.  That was an 18% mortality rate and that figure climbs as high as 30% for adults.  The … Continue reading

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Polio Diaries, Episode 2

Memories from my early polio years are pretty vague so I do have to work at retrieving them.  However with the 60th anniversary of the vaccine introduction to Canada coming up in 2015 I do feel it is important to … Continue reading

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Polio Diaries – Episode 1 The Diagnosis

It was just ten days following his third birthday.  He had been exhibiting signs of the flu for almost the entire ten days since his birthday and was getting increasingly sicker.  His mom had taken him to the doctor twice and … Continue reading

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What Disability?

In essence there are two types of disabilities (which is very different from diagnosis).  They are congenital, usually something that started at birth but is defined by a “condition that occurred before the age of 4”, or acquired.  An acquired … Continue reading

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