Victim of cancer, she must arm herself with patience

Victim of cancer, she must arm herself with patience

Suffering from lymph node cancer, a patient care attendant has been going through hours of anguish since her operation to remove a tumor was delayed due to the recent outage in hospitals in Quebec.

Sylvie Miron is anxious because her doctors are still unaware of the virulence of her disease. “It is really by doing the biopsy that I will know the stage […] By removing the tumor, we greatly reduce the chances of it spreading in my lymphatic system, but for the moment, I’m waiting, ”worries Miron.

The 47-year-old woman is the victim of recent load shedding operations in Quebec City, due to the many cases of hospitalization of patients with COVID-19, which are reaching a peak in the region.

For several months, she has been living with a tumor in her right ganglion. Over the past few weeks, the tumor has grown, she says.

“The lymph node is big, painful and sometimes prevents me from swallowing. It’s very stressful for me, but also for my family, ”says the mother of three.

Still waiting

1er Last October, she met her surgeon, who was recommending an operation to remove her tumor, within 90 days, that is, before December 29.

Mme Miron hoped to be operated before Christmas, question of turning the page on this painful chapter, but she must unfortunately be resigned to wait more.

“This week I called the operations planning secretariat at Hôtel-Dieu in Quebec and was told that I would not be operated on before December 29, since two new operating rooms have just closed. If the theaters do not open, my operation will even be postponed after the month of January, ”laments Miron, visibly distraught.

For several weeks, Mme Miron remains in administrative segregation at home, awaiting an operation that does not come. “If I catch COVID, I can’t be operated on, so it would still be a wait,” she says.

The beneficiary attendant at the CHSLD Les Jardins d’Évangéline, in Beauport, has also been on sick leave since mid-October, in particular because of the stress caused by the illness.

“My mind was no longer at work and the fear of contracting the virus was growing more and more,” she says.

Third Load Shedding

Faced with the large number of patients hospitalized due to COVID-19 at the Hôpital de l’Enfant-Jésus, and newly in a unit of the Hôpital Saint-François d’Assise, the CHU was forced last week to carry out a third load shedding since the start of the pandemic.

Load shedding currently affects 40% of operating activities. According to our information, this rate could increase “over the next few days”. Currently, this load shedding forces the cancellation or postponement of nearly 800 surgeries per week.

Postponed surgeries

  • The load shedding reached 40% in surgery at the CHU
  • 800 surgeries canceled or postponed each week
  • 3 out of 9 rooms closed at the Hôtel-Dieu in Quebec
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