Alberta woman with severe endometritis pain questions surgery cancellations amid COVID-19


Editor’s Note: This story originally referred to endometriosis, a different condition from endometritis, which has now been suppressed. Global News regrets the error.
An Alberta mother speaks out in hopes of raising awareness about how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the health of many people in the province, not just those with the disease.

Laura McNabb was diagnosed with endometritis two years ago after the birth of her second child.

Endometritis is the inflammation of the inner lining of the pelvic region of the uterus and can cause extreme pain.

After McNabb, who lives with her family near Red Deer, gave birth to her third child about 10 weeks ago, her condition worsened and she was scheduled to have a hysterectomy on Wednesday, January 13. She was told last week that the surgery has now been canceled.

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“At the end of the day, I can’t take care of my children like I should be able to take care of my children and fair, everyday life,” she said. “We live on a farm, we have cattle, and I can’t go out and help – I can’t do anything because the pain is too much.”

In the meantime, she was prescribed opioids for the pain.

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Alberta Health Services say that due to pressures from COVID-19 on the provincial health care system, up to 60% of elective scheduled surgeries requiring a hospital stay have been postponed.

Premier Jason Kenney said on Thursday that part of the reason the provincial government extended current COVID-19 restrictions was to ensure that more surgeries were not canceled.

“We couldn’t handle continued exponential growth, because once we hit like 2,000 or more COVID patients in hospitals, we have to cancel all surgeries that are not essential with huge damage to the health of others” , Kenney said. “Such harsh measures had to be taken.”

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However, McNabb said she worries about herself and others who have conditions that will worsen without care.

“If this doesn’t resolve, I could develop an infection and the results could be fatal,” McNabb said. “And it’s a difficult concept to understand – that I need to get seriously ill before I can be considered an emergency.

She posted a Facebook post this week hoping to draw attention to the issue that has been shared hundreds of times.

McNabb said that while she understands the strain on the system, conditions that cause daily pain and other issues need to continue to be treated.

“My confidence in them, in what they ask us to do, is diminishing because, frankly, I don’t feel like I’m wanted,” McNabb said.

“I know someone who is waiting to have a kidney removed. I know someone who has cancer and is waiting for specific surgery to remove portions of that cancer.

“It goes way beyond my case as well. There is so much more to this.

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Surgery indefinitely delayed for Alberta man as hospitals grapple with COVID-19 – December 11, 2020

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