As anyone who has not lived under a rock lately knows, life as we knew it has changed. One of these changes involves the cancellation of all non-urgent surgery; almost world-wide, and definitely all across Canada and yes, also in Alberta.
No-one yet knows how long these closures will last, but even when elective surgeries open up again, (and my sources tell me this is not going to be anytime soon), there will be delays, disruptions and probably very, very long wait times. If we thought wait times were bad before all this started, well watch out. This is not ideal, but a reality. That is the bad news. The good news is that not all treatments have been cancelled. Yes most Alberta Health Services clinics have been reduced to essential services, but that doesn't necessarily mean all private practices and facilities are closed, at least not yet. Now that scheduling surgery is simply not an option and since we don't have any idea when surgery will be available, maybe now is a good time to really consider a more conservative treatment. Who knows - maybe you'll never want surgery afterwards! In that case at least some personal good might have come from this situation.