A 35-year-old man severely affected by the disease has to travel for hours twice a week to receive his treatment, an overwhelming consequence of the lack of space in Quebec’s health facilities.
Richard Chabot, from Victoriaville, has to be taken to Trois-Rivières for dialysis before being taken home twice a week. This process is repeated every Monday and Friday and sometimes requires a daily effort of more than seven hours.
“I get there but have already traveled an hour or an hour and a half. After that I spend the afternoon there and come back for dinner, but I still have to come back,” explained the patient, visibly upset by the lack of places in health facilities. .
The 35-year-old suffers from a severe form of diabetes. He lost his left eye and 90% of his vision in his right eye. He also has to live with muscle necrosis in both legs and kidneys, which have been in a desolate condition since February. While the trips to Trois-Rivières are tiring, he has no choice but to wait for a spot in Victoriaville.
“It’s very demanding. I often sleep well after that,” he said, explaining that he’s often bedridden and his eyes sticky from fatigue.
Places that come and go
In February, however, he was assured that the approval period is usually one month to one and a half months. But five months have passed and there is still no room for Richard Chabot in Victoriaville.
Now that he’s at the top of the waiting list for admission to the Hôtel-Dieu de Victoriaville, he could lose his spot. “If a person was already hospitalized but went to Montreal, say, if they come back to Victoriaville, they take my place on the waiting list,” he explained.
A very unfortunate situation for the 30-year-old, who has already seen his name on the waiting list. According to the hospital, Richard Chabot could not be admitted before the summer anyway.
“They say ‘We’re waiting for summer’, but their time is running out,” lamented Sylvie Carignan, Mr Chabot’s mother.
According to the CIUSSS de la Mauricie-et-du-Centre-du-Québec, registration applications in Victoriaville have increased over the past two years. The labor shortage is not a foreign word. Two additional positions will be advertised over the next few months to allow the facility to accept new patients.
“You almost have to wish someone died to get a place,” lamented Richard Chabot, discouraged by the turn of events.
He was previously hospitalized in intensive care near where he lives but was quickly transferred to Trois-Rivières as his dialysis was scheduled there that same day. “It’s inhuman to go through that,” said M.me Carignan.
In particular, a complaint was lodged with the companies concerned. The family even launched a heartfelt cry to their surrogate, but it’s the status quo so far.
However, Richard Chabot, whose condition worsens from travel, is running out of time. His doctor also told him that three dialysis sessions a week would be necessary from now on in order to improve his condition. Mr. Chabot replied to his doctor that it would be difficult to travel in his condition. He expects to feel even more tired and for his illness to gain ground.
“I don’t know what condition he’ll be in by the fall because he can’t do that three times a week,” his mother said.
Of course, Richard Chabot could have his dialysis done at home, an option that would put Sylvie Carignan under a lot of pressure in addition to having another operation.
“I will be responsible. If I had to make a mistake, it’s serious,” added Mr.me Carignan looking serious.
There are solutions, but many of them are not realistic in the case of Richard Chabot. His mother is instead pleading for things to change at the Victoriaville hospital.