Calgary ICU nurse dies of apparent drug overdose due to trauma, abuse suffered on frontline of pandemic

Season Foremsky was an ICU nurse in Calgary. She died at home this week in an apparent overdose drug.

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Season Foremsky used to add bursts of color – think pink and purple – to his long brown hair to make people smile. She loved watching children’s movies with her two little girls and taking them to the park. Her favorite song was Dishes for black, by Metallica. On her hip, a tattoo of a Phoenix.

Ms. Foremsky was an ER and ICU nurse caring for COVID-19 patients on Calgary’s South Health Campus. She died at home this week in an apparent overdose drug. In the days and months before, Foremsky explained the traumas and abuses healthcare professionals face in hospitals as the coronavirus pandemic continues.

“I’m tired. I cry before my guards. I’m seriously anxious, but I’m still giving the best care I can,” she wrote on Facebook on September 17. Earlier this week, protesters protested against masks, vaccines and vaccine passes outside. health facilities throughout the country.

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Ms. Foremsky was vaccinated against COVID-19 in December and appeared in a video for Alberta Health Services promoting the shot. It resulted in “disgusting comments,” but she cared for patients as best she could, she said on Facebook.

“Fast forward to ‘the best summer ever’ as we health professionals cried,” Mrs Foremsky wrote, referring to a phrase the United Conservative Party used to promote its decision to lift public health restrictions on Canada Day. “And we’re scared. We have PTSD, went on medical leave and even stopped because every single one of us saw this wave coming. ”

Alberta’s health system fails during the crushing of the fourth wave. Crowded intensive care units are short-staffed, and AHS can only keep up with hospitalizations because so many people die. On Wednesday, there were 263 patients with COVID-19 on Alberta’s ICUs with 27 new admissions. Meanwhile, Alberta recorded 20 deaths due to the virus on Wednesday and 34 deaths on Tuesday.

“I see a daughter say goodbye to her father after she gave him COVID and I have stopped the fan. I see a man and a woman die at different intervals in the 40s PREVIOUSLY healthy, “wrote Foremsky.

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Several are dying, she warned, because EMS teams are flooded with ferrying COVID-19 patients to the hospital, making them unable to respond quickly to other emergencies, such as car accidents.

“Do not think only of yourself. I’m not saying get the vaccine. I say, keep your mask, social distance, do not go out when you are sick.

“And then help me god [if] you block my ambulances to get into my emergency room. I’m driving you down. Protesting elsewhere than a hospital. ”

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Mrs. Foremsky, as with other nurses in Alberta, had worked extra shifts, including hours imposed by AHS. Her boyfriend, Christian Moniz, could sense her stress build-up as overtime hours were fitted and abuse from patients ballooned.

“She was the perfect nurse,” he said in an interview. “The person who would toast others out of the way to bring you to safety.”

One of Mrs. Foremsky’s cousins ​​announced her death on Twitter. The nurse died of an overdose, the cousin said.

Sir. Moniz said he and Mrs. Foremsky were linked to their shared history as former drug users. Sir. Moniz did not understand that Mrs Foremsky was taking drugs or was thinking of taking them again. The nurse had been clean for years, he said.

“She was trying to heal herself,” Mr Moniz said.

One of Mrs. Foremsky’s family members went to check on her after learning that she did not show up for her shift at the hospital. Her father found her dead in her home Sept. 28, Mr Moniz said. Her dog stood at the door barking. Her children lived with her former partner. Sir. Moniz, who had been with Mrs. Foremsky for about seven months, said she was in her mid-forties.

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At a news conference on Thursday, Verna Yiu, CEO of AHS, acknowledged the death of Ms Foremsky.

“Our frontline doctors and nurses are under extreme stress and pressure,” said Dr. Yiu. “The pandemic is affecting individuals and our teams both physically and mentally.”

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