A fellow Canadian blogger has reminded me once again that we are fortunate here in Canada with our imperfect but nonetheless exceptional healthcare system (often complemented by private and provincially-funded children’s charities), which has spared me from potentially debilitating expenses related to caring for Owen.
The majority of his expenses was covered by provincial and federal healthcare programs, charity funding and private insurance. And I don’t just mean surgeries and hospital bills – I mean many things related to everyday living, like diapers and formula; homeschooling funding and caregivers to cover at least 30 hours a week; medication and implanted devices; therapy; orthotics, wheelchairs, standers and custom seating; and even our wheelchair-accessible mini-van. I wonder how having this level of support has shaped my world view?
So as a bit of a diversion, I’m sharing with you my photo submissions to Flickr and Getty Images’ This is Canada photo contest. The contest is already bursting with its share of landscape ‘beauty shots’, so I went with whimsy and Canadian moments instead. If nothing else, it was fun to go through some photos… For more pictures, visit my photo blog.