A nurse who occupies the role of site manager for COVID-19 screening clinics draws “the strength and courage” to continue working at the front lines thanks to the “unconditional love” transmitted to her by her three dachshunds and her two parrots.
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Nathalie Dubé has lost count of the sacrifices made since March 2020, when Quebec was plunged into a health crisis.
The one who has under her management the screening clinics of Beauport, Beaupré and Sainte-Foy was initially voluntarily placed “in total isolation” from those close to her because of the nature of her work. She refuses to see her children and grandchildren so as not to risk infecting them.
“My grandson was born on March 12, on the eve of confinement. […] I was able to take him in my arms for the first time when he was six months old and I was in a vacation period, ”says Mme Dubé.
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Mme Dubé with Léo on her shoulder, one of her two parrots.
His only interactions are therefore often limited to his three dachshunds and two parrots. “There are weekends when they’re the only living things I talk to, with whom I interact,” she admits. They [mes animaux] give me the strength and courage to continue ”.
A “special” New Year’s Eve
Being away from her family was “extremely difficult”, especially during the holiday season. “Torn” at the idea of choosing which of her children she would celebrate Christmas with, she preferred to abstain and instead offered herself a “special” New Year’s Eve in the company of feathered and furry guests.
Mme Dubé had in particular prepared a special meal which was treated to the trio of four-legged sausages. “I even bought inflatable dachshunds for the outdoors. I brought one into the living room to have it with us on New Year’s Eve, ”she confides with a burst of laughter.
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The evening was a success. Above all, it allowed to put a balm in the heart of the nurse.
The presence of Archibald, Ironman and Ghost was essential for the woman, who multiplied the long days at work. She particularly recalls the “Costco Storm”, when testing centers were taken by storm by thousands of people following an outbreak in one of the area’s warehouse stores.
“I don’t know how many hours of supper I sacrificed to go feed the dogs, take them out, and then come back to work. If I had been alone, without my dogs, without my birds, I’m not sure I would have gone through it as balanced as I did ”.
“People know how important these animals are to me. I need it, it’s visceral ”.
Listening to Nathalie Dubé talk with passion about her animals, it’s hard not to believe her.
Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my email@example.com 1-800-268-7116