"It's not about adding years to our lives – it's all about adding life to our years"
Don Herald is an active member of the Cardiac Rehab Alumni Group in Peterborough, Ontario. He is the volunteer Chair of Education Programs for this group. A retired social worker and organizational consultant, Don now enjoys writing short fiction. He is the co-founder and active member of the Writers' Group of Peterborough.
As our community enters into Stage Two of the provincial reopening, Peterborough Family Health Team (PFHT), Peterborough Public Health (PPH) and Peterborough Regional Health Centre (PRHC) are asking all patients over the age of two (2) to wear a non-medical mask when attending in-person appointments.
The Ministry of Health recommends a face covering – a non-medical mask – to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission when social distancing or keeping two metres distance is challenging. A mask will help prevent the spread of illness from yourself to others, including other patients and your healthcare team. It also helps us to preserve certified personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers and support staff.
Peterborough Family Health Team (PFHT) Family doctors and nurse practitioners who are part of the PFHT are open and ready to help patients who need medical attention. PFHT is currently offering virtual/phone assessments as well as safe, in-person appointments when needed. Seeking timely medical attention can help prevent unnecessary complications that could result in a visit to the Emergency Department.
Peterborough Regional Health Centre With ongoing community support for PRHC’s #PTBO1000MaskChallenge, the hospital has distributed more than 20,000 donated handmade masks to patients and visitors since the beginning of April. PRHC continues to provide all patients and visitors with a handmade mask when they go through entrance screening. Fabric masks are made to be washed and reused. If you are coming to the hospital on a regular basis, please bring your freshly-cleaned mask back with you to use for each visit.
Making and caring for your mask Interested in making a mask? You can find instructions here. Interested in purchasing a non-medical mask? You can find a list of several local organizations in Peterborough who are currently making and selling fabric masks here. If you are not able to sew or purchase a non-medical mask, you can find alternative face covering options here, as recommended by Peterborough Public Health. It’s important that you wear and care for your mask correctly to ensure it’s as effective as possible. Learn more. Thank you to everyone for doing their part to help contain and prevent the spread of illness in our community as healthcare providers work hard to meet additional demand on the system.
Bryce Miller is a pharmacist and an active member of the Cardiac Rehab Alumni Group. He is very knowledgeable about the medicinal and non-medicinal uses of all forms of cannabis. Bryce will be answering your questions at our June 13th meeting.
Bryce would like you to send him some of your questions about the use of cannabis products in advance of our meeting next week. There is no question too silly, too naive, too anything.
Please send your question(s) to the following email address:
Our Zoom meeting next Wednesday, June 13 begins at 130 pm. We plan to end about 3 pm but, depending on our discussion with Bryce, we may go a bit later, ending for sure, no later than 330 pm.
Next Wednesday, June 10th our Zoom meeting will be exploring the important topic of cannabis use by individuals with cardiovascular disease and cannabis use by… well, everybody else!
Our members have been asking about this topic for quite some time – and here it is. Together, we’ll be viewing an excellent video by the University Health Network’s Dr. Paul Oh about the topic. Followed by a lively Q&A with our very own pharmacist Bryce Miller whose knowledge about the plant and all its various forms will certainly be both educational and entertaining.
Come with your questions. No question about cannabis use is too silly or outrageous. And I can guarantee you that even your kids won’t find out you were getting your pot questions answered!
Peter will be sending you the ID and Password numbers to our Zoom meeting which begins at 1:15 pm, our session starts at approximately 1:30 pm and will end about 3 pm.
Here’s a confession – way too much salt, a bit too much sugar, too much fat makes my dietary world go round and booze – well, that’s the only one I’m good at managing to keep at a very modest dietary level.
I’m looking forward to Alex Burghardt’s talk next Wednesday afternoon on how to deal with these common nutritional traps while still managing to enjoy what I eat and drink. Alex is a Registered Dietician with the Peterborough Family Health Team. She loves to talk about avoiding common nutritional traps in our daily lives.
Of course, we can’t meet in person, so we’re going with a Zoom group meeting. Peter will send out the meeting ID number and password on Monday, May 11th. We invite you to arrive early – about 1:15 to hang out for a bit, then at 1:30, we’ll open our meeting up to Alex for some excellent learning and discussion. We should finish up by 2:30 pm.
Will you please join us next Wednesday, May 13th?
At our June 3rd meeting, we’ll be learning about cannabis use in individuals with cardiovascular disease. Cannabis is a popular topic among our members, so we’re delighted to be able to offer you our very first cannabis themed topic. More details on the content as we get closer to the June meeting date.