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Conservative activist Candace Owens claims she was at first denied needed treatment for her severe asthma this week because of ongoing coronavirus restrictions.
In videos posted to Facebook and Twitter Thursday afternoon, she explained how she’d experienced a severe asthma attack the prior evening and decided to visit her doctor the next morning for a nebulizer treatment.
The video began with her explaining her condition.
“For those of you that do not know, I am an asthmatic. My asthma I’ve had pretty severely from the time I was eight years old. … I don’t have asthma frequently, but when I do have it, I do have it severely,” she initially said.
“And as you guys know, I’m seven months pregnant, and for whatever reason pregnancy has worsened a lot of my allergies. Forty-eight hours ago, I accidentally got into one of my asthma triggers. … And I had thought, OK, I know what to do, I’ll take my emergency inhaler and kind of bring my breathing back to normal.”
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But for some reason her usual treatment didn’t work, so she decided it would be best if she visited her doctor the next morning. And so when morning came, she donned a required mask and hit up the doctor’s office in the hopes of receiving treatment.
After enduring two coronavirus temperature checks at her doctor’s office, she was then finally allowed to see him. Discover what happened next below:
COVID-19 could have killed me today. Doctors are now actively refusing to treat patients due to government mandates. https://t.co/zGGctuN7fu
— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) October 8, 2020
“Typically, when you’re as severely asthmatic as I was this morning, they’ll prescribe you Prednisone, which is a steroid, and it is heaven-sent when you’re having an asthma attack. … But because I’m pregnant, that is not a safe medicine for me and my baby, so he was looking at options of different inhalers that can inject steroids into my lungs but at a much lower dose. And that was sort of what the plan was,” Owens continued.
“He then took my oxygen level — and obviously my oxygen levels were very low because I hadn’t been breathing all night — and listened to my lungs, and he realized that I was pretty tight and having an actual asthma attack. And he got very nervous and said ‘OK, we need to give you the nebulizer treatment right now.’ And the nebulizer treatment is in the room because this is an asthma clinic.”
CVS describes a nebulizer as “a machine that allows you to aerosolize liquid asthma medication so that it can be inhaled directly into your lungs as a mist.”
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According to Owens, her doctor then left the room to retrieve a nurse but returned a moment later with horrifyingly bad news.
“He comes back in … and said we actually are no longer to give you an asthma treatment because of coronavirus restrictions. So we’re going to have to call an ambulance and get you to a hospital because you need this treatment now.”
This didn’t please Owens. For one, the nebulizer treatment was sitting right in front of her. For another, she didn’t want to wait for her treatment.
“So I just want you to imagine where you’re in front of a doctor, you know what’s wrong with you, he knows what’s wrong with you, and he has the medicine to treat you within one foot of you, and he’s saying that because of restrictions, he is not allowed to give you the medicine,” she said.
“So he is now saying he needs to call the ambulance. I told him that I’m not going into the ambulance because that adds hours on to me being able to get the breathing treatment I need. I’ve struggled through the night, I’m here, give me the medicine that’s in the room. This makes no sense.”
Plus, calling an ambulance and visiting a hospital would have meant spending even more money, even if Owens had insurance.
“A typical co-pay for emergency room services for an insured person is around $250, which may or may not be waived if you are admitted to the hospital,” The Balance notes.
And this isn’t even taking into consideration the cost of an ambulance ride.
The ride to the emergency room could cost you more than the doctor’s visit! Find out why a ride in an ambulance could cost you more than $1,000 dollars and where these costs come from on @News4SA @KABBFOX29 right now! pic.twitter.com/uZ7YdoI6l7
— Adam King (@AdamKing_News) January 31, 2018
When asked for an explanation, the doctor said “there’s a pressurized room in the hospital where they can allow you to have the breathing treatment you need. They’re not allowed to give it to you anywhere else in the entire city,” according to Owens.
“So much for the whole ‘the hospitals are overwhelmed,’ right? … Now it’s ‘well, actually, the doctors’ hands are tied … and they need to get you to a hospital,’” she added.
Owens then asked the doctor if he could just prescribe her Prednisone so she could move on with her day. He in turn left the room and called an ambulance without her permission.
What followed was a heated confrontation during which the ambulance workers convinced Owens to enter their vehicle to receive her nebulizer. But once she got into the ambulance, suddenly they told her they weren’t allowed to give it to her in there.
Long story short, she was eventually allowed to receive her treatment on the stipulation that she use the nebulizer while in her own car.
Had she not put up a fight, she would have wound up having to visit an emergency room and wasting bundles of money for a treatment that had been sitting just a foot away from her.