When Scarlet (my 19 month old Weimaraner puppy) gets a new treat, she runs around the house with it in her mouth, not knowing quite what to do with it. Today, I exhibited the same behaviour, only I was carrying around a printed version of the article titled, “Expansion of patient safety regulatory requirements in community pharmacy in Canada: The Melissa Sheldrick effect?” This article came as a total surprise and caught me quite off guard this morning. I cried all the way to work and in to school, stopping only when it was time to teach the 8 year olds the difference between perimeter and area. What a way to ground any ego that may have been forming!!
I set out to make changes after hearing about the cause of Andrew’s death, but never – ever – did I imagine it would turn into a full blown national shift. That’s not to say I didn’t work hard for it, because I have, and continue to do so. This article posits that I am the reason that the adoption of community quality improvement programs has spread across the country. What an honour. But without the precedent that Nova Scotia set, the other provinces wouldn’t be able to follow suit.
I am more driven than ever to continue this important work. As my friend Sheli pointed out on Twitter, “Never underestimate the power of a mother. Especially a
#patientsafety warrior…” Andrew is a light that continues to shine bright. The incessant ache in my heart is comforted by the words of this article and the community of support that I have found myself surrounded by. I am grateful.
Please have a look at the article. My gratitude goes to Neil, Ryan and Jim, as well as to the various registrars and other stake holders who contributed.
Thank you for reading and cheering me on. I need you all!