Friday, November 11, 2016

Obstacles to health care

A year after my first and only appointment with Dr T:

Trisha [office staff; phone message; story one]: "For some strange reason the Ministry [of Health] doesn't seem to have you registered as a patient at all with us so I just need you to swing by the office and sign a new enrollment form."

I phoned and asked for more information.

Kylie [office staff; story two]: "We're not entirely sure what happened. The Ministry of Health contacted us, the error was on their end."

I pointed out that the papers I originally signed would be in my file.

[on hold]

Kylie [story three]: "The papers have changed a little bit so we need you to sign a new one."

[on hold]

Kylie [story four]: "The Ministry doesn't have you registered with us. We faxed them your original signed document. Billing keeps bouncing back."

I said I would talk to the Ministry myself.

The Ministry of Health referred me to Health Care Connect:

Robert [accessing Ministry of Health database]: 'Yes, you are registered with Dr T: address, phone, fax.'

I advised Dr T's office:

Kylie [story five]: "We need you to sign a new enrolment form. You're not coming up as a patient on our system here."

Kylie: "Don't worry you can still come see us, we can't deny you health care."

[on hold]

I asked whether or not one of their stories might be false.

Trisha: "Yes, it's false! The papers are exactly the same; we just need you to sign a new one. Sir, we've told you several times - we don't have time for this!"

Trisha: 'We are no longer your family doctor.'

I went looking for a straight answer, and got one:

Karen [Community Care Access Centre]: "It's a yearly renewal form."

Thank you, Karen.

Monday, June 27, 2016

"Biased information"

Think I first noticed this in the APA's web site (years ago), same title as below. Now it's everywhere (web search) - and bears repeating:

Homosexuality was thought to be a mental illness in the past because mental health professionals and society had biased information about homosexuality since most studies only involved lesbians and gay men in therapy. When researchers examined data about gay people who were not in therapy, the idea that homosexuality was a mental illness was found to be untrue.

Answers to Your Questions About Sexual Orientation and Homosexuality

I think this is, as Michelle would say, "autism-relevant".

Sunday, September 13, 2015

HUMAN Extended version VOL.1

Not specifically about autism. It does have horses - and goats.

HUMAN Extended version VOL.1 [1:23:19]

Saturday, September 12, 2015


Not sure how old or accurate the test is but it's here:

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

At the checkout

Anonymous: Are you waiting here?
Me: Yes.
Anonymous: Why are you there?
Me: So I don't block the aisle.
Anonymous: You were here first.
Me: Yes.
Anonymous: Okay, you go first.
Me: Okay...
Anonymous: It's not right - I have to wait.
Me: It's okay.
Anonymous: You put a straight line there. And I put one here. And I put my food here. But not too close.
Me: Thank you.
Anonymous: Don't worry, I won't let them touch.
Me: It's okay.
Anonymous: It's not right. If someone is here first, you have to wait.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Thoughts on metaphor

As a teenager I heard an interview with Pierre Berton where he said, "unless we understand the metaphor..." (wish I could remember the whole sentence/quote). I thought this was key to understanding what people were doing, saying.

In the autism debate I notice many (or some) autistics use metaphor (including me), or try using it. That's how I learned that metaphor can also generate confusion and lack of clarity. One possible example is here.

Maybe it's ironic that while attempting to understand and navigate non-autistic society we choose devices that work against us, especially against establishing clarity in the current debate (where our human rights are at stake).

Saturday, February 07, 2009

"Eating Bark"

That's the name of a blog I found while googling Ryoan-ji temple (more photos here). The author (who might be an architect) seems to be a very good writer (how would I know?) and seems to have great respect for balance.