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Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Here’s what it’s like when your kids get sick in Québec right now

First, there’s no over the counter painkillers or fever relief on the pharmacy shelves. When my kids came down with daycare lurgies two weeks ago, the pharmacist made me up bottles of adult meds with instructions on how to cut the pills, crush them, & mix them with apple sauce.

Have you ever tried to make a 1-year-old with gastro eat a spoon of weird tasting gritty fruit compote in the middle of the night? And when they can’t keep meds down, there’s no suppositories – so you can’t make them comfortable. 

Second, there’s no ER. My eldest got better & went back to daycare. My baby didn't. He has asthma. He’d been running a fever for 5 days when I recognized the signs of respiratory distress - the rice krispie crackle of his lungs, the sucking skin at his neck and under his ribs. 

You don't want to fuck around with that shit, so I took him to the Montréal Children's Hospital ER. I told the nurse at ‘pre-triage’ or reception about the asthma, the breathing, the fever. The pre-triage nurse performed a brief visual exam - i.e. - she looked at him. 
-WiscoDave

 


28 comments:

  1. But it's free! (Tongue firmly against my cheek)

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  2. ll part of the plan, coming to the US shortly......

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    1. I would say it's already here and it'll only get worse. -sammy (no not that one)

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  3. Buried deep in the story was this sentence: "My partner grabbed a communauto." Very strong odds that she voted for this mess. I would guess she goes on and on about "health care being a right" and attacking the US for our medical system.

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    1. Go read her further expositions on Twitter. She did, and does.

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    2. An older blog post from this idiotic twatwaffle,

      " I want to respond to criticisms of my Irish Times article of last Friday. The article argued for finding common ground to avoid the toxic debate around trans rights that has arisen in Britain, and emphasized that this must happen in solidarity with trans people"

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    3. Further down the page, from this same commie twatwaffle.

      " I want to respond to criticisms of my Irish Times article of last Friday. The article argued for finding common ground to avoid the toxic debate around trans rights that has arisen in Britain, and emphasized that this must happen in solidarity with trans people"

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  4. I feel poorly for her kid. Partly because of his illness, partly because of the shit sandwich that is canuckistani health care, but mostly because his mom is a ragingly angry brainwashed socialist cunt.

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  5. When you vote progressive this is the result. I realized the woman suffering this shit is part of the problem when 'communauto' got an mention.

    Chutes Magoo

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  6. Well, it was those Quebecois who voted in Lester Pearson as PM--who then implemented Canada's Universal Healthcare, with support from the New Democrat Party (a very left-leaning, communistic party)--essentially, making private doctors, private healthcare illegal in Canada. Hope the kid survives...but they kind of foisted it upon themselves.

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  7. I talk to execs up there. They say if you don't have private health ins you're screwed. So now you get to pay an absurd level of tax for no healthcare and pay again to get some.

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    1. The problem is there private insurance would mean nothing as all healthcare services are public. Socialized medicine happens everywhere, even in the US. In Canada it is the only show allowed.

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    2. No john, private insurance is a necessity in these places. Rest assured the RICH DON'T WAIT. Why? $$$$ money talks

      Big biz is private clinics that do MRIs, CT scans (although I think govt tried to outlaw but uncertain the status).

      Need a MRI for your dog in Canada - no problem same day. For a human, 3-4 month wait... this is why ppl pay twice or they don't get care like this mom

      Free only if you are so fking sick, you can out wait them. Not denying you care, just going to make you hate getting the care you've already paid for... ain't free stuff grand (if it doesn't kill you)??

      ch

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  8. Typical of Soviet Canuckistan. And, yes, people, adults and kids, are going to die from it. Health care isn't free, no matter what some Nazi running for office wants to tell you.

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  9. Well, it is Queerbec after all. The suckiest, whiniest, most self-centered province in Canada. Prove me wrong. Quebec can sink into Hudson's bay and disappear forever as far as I'm concerned....Oh...and take Morontario with you..Eh. My Canada does NOT include Quebec!!!

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    1. Get bent prairie whiner. My rural riding in Ontario has never elected anyone but a Conservative. Unlike Redmonton and Nenshi loving Cowtown.

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    2. Teddy Lee and Eric Liefson live in Toronto so, even though I don’t think they are doing any new music without Neil to write the lyrics to, Toronto can stay where it is.
      Buddha

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  10. Hi guys. Our taxes are ridiculous, so docs flee to the USA when they can. Quebec is a special case, however, as the most regulated and socialist place in NAmerica. The doctor shortage is maintained to keep salaries high by the provincial MD association and tolerated by the province.
    from a recent news piece.
    The shortage of doctors is due in part to regulatory barriers that impede the integration of physicians trained outside the province. Quebec has the lowest proportion of foreign doctors in the country, at just 8.2 per cent, compared to the national average of 25.7 per cent.
    Another contributor to the problem is medical school quotas, which are an obstacle to increasing the number of home-grown physicians. At the moment, only 966 students can be admitted into Quebec’s medical faculties each year. Universities refuse more than 9,500 applicants per year.

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    1. Many doctors trained outside the Province of Quebec aren't fluently bilingual, hence, the reason they aren't integrated into their medical system. If you can't speak the "Joual" of the common Quebecois, you're useless as a doctor. And...it's almost impossible for a Canadian to actually attend a Canadian medical school. Many Canadian students who want to become doctors usually attend an American medical school--because the Canadian universities would rather train foreigners for the extra money (almost triple--if you add in all the extra "administrative" fees) they can charge a non-resident, foreign student.

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  11. The wonders of socialized medicine. Coming to your town/hospital soon....if the commie left gets their way. It used to be "you get what you vote for". We are long past that...now it doesn't matter what we vote for...we get what the left wants whether we like it or not.

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  12. We are fast approaching that as a norm here in the US. A lot of the health care workers you encounter these days in the ER and urgent care market are fresh out of school, and many are not even doctors. Most of them are, at best, PAs, while many only have the lowest level of nursing certifications. Then there is the shortage of drugs, with antibiotics being among them.

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  13. My takeaway is to check my stock of antibiotics

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  14. Thank you. It is getting like that herebas well.
    On a completely unrelated note, fish antibiotics are available without a prescription. They are chemically identical. Some people have been buying them in case they decide to get a sickly goldfish.

    Steve in KY

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    1. I've got a nice supply of Fish Mox from Chewy.com, no prescription needed. I've used it a few times when I has having infections in the roots of my upper teeth. Did a great job.

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    2. And don't forget the ivermectin, in whatever form you can get it, it works for a variety of upper respiratory problems. My kid had a nasty cough that wouldn't quit last spring. Wasn't a serious cold otherwise, but after a week of dry hacking every five seconds we needed to do something. Instead of taking him in to a clinic I gave him a dose and he stopped coughing within an hour. Started again the next day, but the second dose knocked it out completely.

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  15. It's already here. I don't even bother trying to admit patients directly from the office. Typically a 20-30 HOUR wait to get a bed, sometimes longer. So I just tell them to go the ER and wait there. At least it's closer to hospital care if some serious shit goes down before they get a bed. The other alternative is to risk having them deteriorate or die at home. I've had at least one patient this year have a cardiac arrest in the waiting room, waiting to be seen while having chest pain. Patients are routinely on gurneys in the hallways of our ER.

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  16. They want to be a third-world country, so that's what they vote for.

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  17. But, but, Canadian Healthcare is FREE!!! US Healthcare should also be FREE!!! (/sarc, for the terminally stupid)

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