“Nothing interests me anymore, I just want to stay calm”


By Chloé Hecketsweiler

Posted today at 4:14 p.m., updated at 5:25 p.m.

The second wave day by day | Episode 2. At 8e floor of the Bichat hospital in Paris, sitting on the edge of his bed, Lamri spends the time contemplating the spectacle of the city at his feet. “The ring road has become my favorite entertainment, he explains, laconic. “It looks like there is no containment: there are as many cars as usual”, he specifies, curved figure, in a white T-shirt, in the middle of his messy yellow sheets.

Bichat Hospital, Paris, November 13.  Lamri, sick with Covid-19, has been hospitalized for two weeks.  This 58-year-old ophthalmologist spends the time watching the cars pass by on the Paris ring road.

Hospitalized for two weeks in the pneumology department, this 58-year-old ophthalmologist has not yet finished with the Covid-19. A few steps have the effect “For having run the Paris Marathon”. He does not even want to turn on the television hanging on the wall except to watch animal documentaries on France 5. “Nothing interests me anymore, I just want to stay calm”, he breathes, exhausted despite the oxygen which is continuously administered to him.

Married, father of two children, this doctor thinks he was infected by one of his patients. “I see 150 per week, it scrolls”, he says, regretting not having worn an FFP2 mask, which is more protective than the surgical mask. He will have to wait a few more days before he can finally return home, relieved to have avoided the “Sheave”.

Bichat Hospital, Paris, November 13.  A flow of oxygen into a patient's room.
Bichat Hospital, Paris, November 13.  An electrocardiogram carried out on a 48-year-old patient with Covid-19.

Patients who must be postponed or refused

This Friday, November 13, only 9 of the 12 beds for patients infected with SARS-CoV-2 in the pulmonology department were occupied against 28 in the spring. The peak of the wave apparently passed, caregivers are already wondering about the aftermath. “For now, we are keeping the beds just in case”, indicates Camille Taille, who remembers only too well that Saturday in October when she was asked to put patients not suffering from Covid-19 ” outside “, to make room. “The challenge is to manage to trivialize the care, to have Covid patients in the service as we have influenza or tuberculosis”, underlines the pulmonologist, who, after the first confinement, saw some of her patients return in an extremely serious state.

Bichat Hospital, Paris, November 13.  Professor Camille Taille auscultates an 84-year-old patient with Covid-19, placed on high-flow nasal oxygen therapy.
Bichat Hospital, Paris, November 13.  Sandrine de Pamphilis, health executive, has chosen, among the decorative elements that adorn her office, a particularly symbolic poster in these times of Covid-19.

From her “control tower”, a small office cluttered with postcards and knick-knacks collected during her travels, Sandrine de Pamphilis, a health manager, sees the traffic jam materializing on her schedules every day: the deadlines that are falling. lengthen for exams even “Urgent”, reinforcements that are long overdue, patients that must be moved or refused, “Unfortunate non-Covid, in a Covid hospital”. “We must remain a hospital for everyone”, she pleads, evoking the daily trade-offs that exhaust caregivers.

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