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COVID-19 makes hospital treatment difficult for La Crosse patients who don’t have the virus

A local mother takes her son home from the hospital for what she believes will be better treatment

LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WKBT) — COVID-19 is making treatment difficult for hospitalized patients who don’t even have the virus.

A local mother takes her son home from the hospital for what she believes will be better treatment.

“It’s been a long road from day one,” said Amy Nolte. “But it gets harder as he gets older.”

Amy’s son, Joe, who was born 25 years ago at 24 weeks, has complex medical problems.

She says Joe battled cancer and even had a stroke before having problems with sepsis.

“He’s definitely a fighter,” Amy said.

For the past three years, Joe has suffered from kidney infections, urinary tract infections and sepsis, she said.

He has battled cancer and even had a stroke before having problems with sepsis, Amy said.

Last Monday, Joe was admitted to the intensive care unit of the Gundersen Health System.

Joe is in his third battle with sepsis since April, Amy said.

“By Monday morning, he had gotten sick enough with 103 (degree) temps at home that it’s bringing us here,” she said.

Amy says she’s taken steps to make Joe’s medical care easier, but COVID-19 is making treatment more difficult.

“We have really great permanent staff that we see a lot, and even when they talk to them they say, ‘I don’t know how long I can do this,'” Amy said. “Like it’s not like this is a bad place to work or anything, it’s just where the health care system is in general right now.”

Amy’s story isn’t unique, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

Due to the increasing cases of COVID-19, Dr. Ryan Westergaard that hospital systems across the state are under pressure.

“We’ve lost a lot of health workers,” Westergaard said. “I think, as everyone knows, we have been reported to have taken early retirement. People are tired.”

Amy says a Gundersen spokesperson is aware of her concerns.

We asked the spokesperson to respond, but he said this would violate the privacy rules of the Health Insurance Act.

Amy says she had to wait hours for the staff to get Joe what he needed, leaving her few options.

“That’s why we’re leaving today, because I feel like I have the things I need to take care of Joe more at home than here,” Amy said.

Amy says there is one solution to change healthcare not just for her son, but for other families as well: get everyone vaccinated.

“It’s scary to think this is what healthcare might look like in the future,” she said.

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