Those who plague disease in the epidemic


U.s.aLance Hansen, 59 years old, has been waiting to be liver transplant for weeks. However, when the hospital informed the appropriate donor, he flooded in fear.

“Just 5 minutes after the Cup, he begins to breathe, saying ‘ he will get Covid-19 and die. If so, you want to have your family on the edge. I couldn’t believe my ears, “his wife, Carmen, recounted.

She repeatedly convinced her husband to enter the hospital for liver transplant surgery before it was too late, however Mr. Hansen determined to refuse, fears will infect nCoV.

In the midst of the epidemic, worries not only the people with the Covid-19, they also weave into the minds of patients who are Nan Y, need urgent treatment.

Even when the number of new infections is significantly reduced, people with cardiovascular, cancer and stroke still have to delay important procedures. They neglect their illness by fear of having to set foot in the emergency zone, even the doctor’s office. According to the federal regulations, many hospitals have to cancel non-urgent surgeries when the epidemic is raging. To date, the situation gradually stabilizes, the medical facilities allow to perform the procedures of their choosing. However, doctors still have to spend hours persuading patients who are fearful of treating them.

According to data of the insurance company Cigna Corporation, for about two months back here, the amount of people hospitalized because the acute coronary syndrome is reduced by 11%. This figure in patients with atrial fibrillation was 35%. New England Journal also reported that nearly 50% of heart attack in northern California had disappeared between the epidemic. However, the mortality rate is still rising rapidly.

Rob Russo, age 45, lives with rare cancers for the past 21 years. Photo: NY Times

Rob Russo, age 45, lives with rare cancers for the past 21 years. Photo: NY Times

According to psychological experts, anxiety affects the brain that is responsible for thinking and planning for the future. This feeling comes about when people don’t have enough information to predict what’s going to happen. They imagined the horrible prospect and became panicked.

“Many people actually have said: ‘ I am suffering from heart attack. But I will stay home. I don’t want to die at the hospital ‘ “, Dr. Marlene Millen, Department of active resuscitation at the University of California, San Diego, told. He said he had heard the patient say this a few times.

Suzanne George, oncologist also encountered a similar situation. A patient refused to come to the Institute for chemotherapy for fear of nCoV.

“They did not want to leave the house for a blood test, in order to ensure that they could safely do chemotherapy”, Dr. George said, at the same time explaining the blood test was the important stage for early detection of the side effects of the drug.

She also thinks that the medical institution needs to be coordinated together, helping patients feel safe to visit and treat.

Currently most outpatient hospitals have changed the way of working, ensuring the safety of medical doctors and patients. People who are infected with nCoV are separated in a separate area, often wearing regular pages. The hospital also enhances the sterilization schedule. Therefore, experts said the risk of Covid-19 is very low.

However, this does not distill the anxiety of people like Mr. Lance Hansen. They have a lot of reasons to panic.

David Rivera, 54 years old, is a liver cancer patient. In late March, he refused to do implant surgery because of his concern for the liver donor giving him nCoV infection, although the person tested the negative.

According to Lisa VanWagner, doctor at North Western Hospital, he needed liver transplant before cancer progressed more seriously. “The door of hope is shrinking. It was necessary to act very quickly before the opportunity, “she said.

Patients who refuse treatment also soon see their regret for their decision. In an interview, Mr. Hansen shared: “I’m scared. I should have had surgery, and I was scared. ”

Megan Jennings donated part of his liver to save his 7-year-old niece. Photo: NY Times

Megan Jennings donated part of his liver to save his 7-year-old niece. Photo: NY Times

The epidemic also causes some physicians to care for the chronic patient to think about their treatment.

For the past 21 years, Rob Russo lives with a rare gastrointestinal cancer. The tumor has emigrated to the liver. During that time, he frequently traveled between his own home in Queens County, New York City to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston City. The Covid-19 swept through, his course was transferred to the Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre and the New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center.

Last Apr, Mr. Russo needed a biliary tract stent for the treatment of bile duct obstruction. His mind revolves rhymes with the CThe Europeans asked, “What if I am infected with nCoV from someone who does not have symptoms and needs hospitalization? You missed my wife again? “

However, like other patients, when present at the hospital, he feels a lot safer. Preventive and disinfecting measures somewhat defecation of the patient’s psychotherapy 45 years.

Bill Sieber, a psychological specialist, University of California, said one of the most effective ways to overpower the fear is controlling breathing. “Breathing is a sign that the brain is calm,” he said, at the same time recommended that the person breathe deeply whenever it feels panic.

This simple method helped Megan Jennings, 36 years old, went to the decision to donate part of his liver to save her 7-year-old niece. To overcome her fears, she practiced deep breathing techniques.

“I was able to feel my body and awake back, aware of the surrounding things and stop thinking about the scary prospect,” she shared.

Shushan (According to NY Times)


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