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My Canada Day 2023

My Canada Day

Today is my Canada Day. But, this year, our nation’s history is the furthest thing from my mind.

Three months ago, my dear wife Hilda suffered a stroke and started down a road to recovery. Then, a month later, a pulmonary embolism struck. After nearly two weeks in ICU, she resumed her neuro-rehabilitation at Calgary’s Fanning Center.

This week, Hilda finally comes home. Over the summer, she will receive ongoing speech, occupational and physical therapy in a more familiar environment. I offer my sincere thanks to our three sons, as well as many friends and relatives, for their wonderful support during this difficult time. And, of course, while not perfect, our Canadian health care system came through when it was needed most.

Looking forwards, life will never be the same as it was before April 5th. How far Hilda will recover is uncertain. But she will do her best to regain strength, speech and happiness. After all, she has many “wife”, “mom” and especially “grandma” duties to perform.

As for my Canada Day 2023, I am exhausted. I am mentally and physically drained. While I understand and share my wife’s feelings about the situation, I need to care for myself, as well.

So, today I resume my blog posts, hoping they will support our new normal, such as it is.

My Canada Day – Thinking About Stroke

As I have learned, aphasia and verbal apraxia are not only disabling but also immensely frustrating for stroke victims. I have also learned that there are many resources available for support and rehabilitation.

So, we will work hard over the coming months to recover function and fitness. I had not planned to return to work, but I now have a new job to perform with diligence and love.

Over the past few months, I have plugged away at my Morse decoder project, and will start documenting that shortly.


  1. Dave says:

    All the best to you & Hilda. I’ve been there and understand what you’re going through. It’s important that you take care of yourself too, and get some time away for your mental health. 73, Dave KE2GE

  2. Walter Salmaniw says:

    John, I have been thinking about you (and Hilda) over the past few months, and miss your regular blog posts. I’m happy that you’re looking after yourselves first. Yes, despite all of the shortcomings of our Canadian medical system, when one has an acute, life-threatening event, it still works well…timely interventions when needed the most, and no worries about costs, etc. A Happy Canada Day to you both!

  3. Stay the course OM and look after Hilda and yourself. As much as we complain here in the lower 48 about our healthcare system, Medicare, it has come through for my wife and myself at critical times. To all that check in here, be well, 73 Greg W2BEE

  4. Jim Nat says:

    John, hoping for a speedy recovery so that you and Hilda can carry on. Not easy, I know …… but the love you both have for each other has just grown exponentially. Take care Jim

  5. mike says:

    Thank you for sharing, and we sincerely hope for a good recovery for Hilda, it’s a long road. I have so many thoughts for you but one thing as others have said you health is paramount. She is fortunate to have you . Remember to ask for help from your family and the health system, every little bit helps. Streamline your routines as much as possible, jettison some and build new ones.

    Looking forward to having you back!

    Be well

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