That's Life - March 3, 2021

About the only ways we had to judge the length of a year was Christmas and our birthday. Now we have COVID-19 restrictions.

If you took in yesterday’s announcements by Premier Kenney, Health Minister Shandro and Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, you are aware that restrictions have been eased somewhat as we enter Phase Two of our reopening plan. Slow but sure is one way to look at it. Others might not be so kind with their comments. Not everyone appreciates the cautious approach.

LIbraries open as early as Monday allowing for 15% of their capacity. Indoor fitness centres can re-open allowing for individual and group low intensity activities. Everything else in Phase Two is still on hold for at least another three weeks. Stay tuned and continue to wear your masks.

Something very near and dear to my family is Kidney Health Month. The month of March is just that. You see, my wife and two sons live with kidney disease each and every day. All three have Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD). It’s a genetic disorder that causes many fluid-filled cysts to grow in your kidneys. PKD cysts can change the shape of your kidneys including making them much larger.

Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) reduces kidney function and can lead to kidney failure. Researchers have not yet found a way to prevent PKD.

Believe it or not, one in 10 Canadians have kidney disease and numbers are on the rise. 45% of new kidney disease patients are under 65. Of the four million Canadians with kidney disease more than 51,000 are being treated for kidney failure symptoms.

Kidneys are vital organs that are required for survival and quality of life. There is no cure for kidney disease.

People with kidney failure and those with kidney transplants are more vulnerable to COVID-19. We take COVID pretty seriously in our family. We don’t have a choice.

As advocates of the Kidney Foundation of Canada we will publish important information about kidney disease throughout the month of March. By the time April rolls around my wife will hopefully have had a successful kidney transplant. Hopefully, thanks to that miracle, I will have a hard time keeping up to her when we’re out for our daily walks.

That’s Life.