| Anonymous wrote:
Hi Terry, I apologize for engaging but I would like to know have you gone to the hospitals that are bulging with COVID? I have. I live in Central Oregon in a little town in the high desert. I had a few ER visits where I have been in and out in, one time less than an hour. The ER was empty. The huge tent was up out front and it was empty. The parking lot for patients and clinics were empty. So I went to the next biggest hospital and found the same thing. Then off to our biggest hospital. All doors are locked not due to Covid but due to all the nurses walking off the job as they will not be forced into vax. They do have Covid patients in the largest hospital but not bulging and if I could get to there charts might not even be covid because everyone knows the numbers have been inflated. I don't expect a response and to be honest just to sick these days with kidney n gallbladder and now possible diverticulitis again (which should have been removed) to even reply myself. God bless Linda
Well, since you asked, I have been in a hospital recently. I was just released two weeks ago after having surgery to remove the rest of my large bowel, and sew up my old colostomy site. I was in for four days. In fact, in the past two years, I have been hospitalized seven times, and only the first one was pre-Covid. My stays were from four to nine days in duration. Of the six stays that were during the time of Covid, three were through the ER and three were scheduled surgeries. This is in the second largest hospital in metro Vancouver, a huge facility. I remember walking the hallways after my first surgery, pre-Covid, and seeing rooms with empty beds, not many, but some. Since then, I have had several visits to the ER, some that resulted in me being admitted, and some where I was sent home. They were all nightmares. My shortest one was eight hours, after which I was sent home. One visit, which resulted in an admission, was over twelve hours, in a hallway, before they got a bed for me. In every admission I've had since the pandemic began, there was not an empty bed to be found, and there were even patients at the ends of hallways behind portable screens. My surgeries have been cancelled five times due to Covid. This last one was cancelled as the fourth wave became so bad. It was announced on the evening news that the province had decided to cancel all non-essential surgeries until further notice. My surgeon's office called me the next day to confirm that mine was cancelled. I waited two months to be rescheduled, only to have that one cancelled due to a last minute emergency, where they needed the OR. You might think that this didn't count as a cancellation due to Covid, but it was. They had closed some of the ORs due to a shortage of nurses to assist during surgeries. The nurses were needed in the ICU which was stretched to the limit with unvaccinated patients.
As I write this, things have started to improve in B.C. as the vaccination rate has gone up and the restrictions put in place have helped reduce the numbers of new infections, but we are far from out of the woods. The provinces directly to the east of us, Alberta and Saskatchewan, have skyrocketing numbers of new infections and deaths. Their ICUs are beyond capacity and they have brought in army medics to assist. Alberta asked if they could transfer some of their ICU patients to B.C. as they couldn't cope, but our province has had to say no, as we need to keep our ICU beds available for our people. The doctors in Alberta's health care systems were making public pleas to put pressure on their political leaders to tighten restrictions as they feared things would continue to get worse. I don't know why politics seems to influence people's medical choices, but the reality is that Alberta and Saskatchewan are both conservative provinces and their governments were hesitant to put in place badly needed Covid restrictions to keep their citizens safe. If you removed those two provinces from the stats for the rest of Canada, you would find our overall vaccination rate would be much higher than it is. They finally have implemented some stronger restrictions, but many lives were lost needlessly.
During my hospital stays since this pandemic began, I have had many opportunities to talk to the nurses and doctors on the wards and of course, my own surgeon. He is a kind man and I could tell how badly he felt for me when my surgeries were cancelled. He said he is frustrated. The nurses are burned out and frustrated and many are considering giving up nursing. I could feel the increased stress level amongst the nursing staff. As a patient, I just hoped I didn't need to ring my call button and cause added stress. And I certainly couldn't expect a quick response. They were constantly understaffed. I also have a close friend who is a registered nurse and has been working throughout the pandemic. She is close to retirement and said if that were not the case she doesn't think she could take much more. My friend said she knows personally of only one of her colleagues who has not been vaccinated. That will change as all hospital personnel, medical or non will have to be fully vaccinated within the next few weeks. There have been a few demonstrations outside of hospitals, by people calling themselves "frontline workers", but it turns out that they were not in fact in the medical profession at all, they were just anti-vaxxers. It is so insulting that the real front-line staff (and patients) were being harassed or threatened by these people, as they entered or exited the hospital. Our province has decided to take the step to institute a new law to make it illegal for people to demonstrate outside of medical facilities.
These are my personal experiences and observations. And no, we don't all know that the numbers are inflated. Please don't speak for me.