This went on for six months. When she finally saw a dentist, he told her the infection was so bad, he couldn't treat her until it had cleared up
In another case, a woman discovered her hepatitis C levels were getting dangerously high.She needed to see a specialist. It took a year and a half to get an appointment.
My point is not to knock, once again, the Canadian health system. These two women are not ordinary Canadians caught up in the tangle of wait times.
They are federal prisoners. They are behind bars. They are in custody and they are desperately sick.
Offenders doing time in Canada's jails and prisons are, in reality, wards of the state.
Their every move, behaviour and need is governed by rules and regulations set down in various pieces of legislation regarding incarceration.
Federal prisoners are subject to the Corrections and Conditional Release Act.
Under this law, the estimated 15,000 federal inmates are entitled to, quote: "essential health care that conforms to professionally accepted standards."
In other words, federal convicts are entitled to health care inside the walls equal to what the rest of us get on the outside.
But like so much else in the Canadian penal system, the policy fails in the practice.
Canadian prisons are terrible places. They are unreliable, noisy, overcrowded, dangerous and violent.
There are few education programs and little attention is paid to rehabilitation.
The hard fact is that nobody really cares what happens to people locked up in our penitentiaries, even if they are sick.
According to the president of Ottawa's Elizabeth Fry Society, Cat Baron, there are numerous examples of failure in providing adequate and equal health care for the inmate population. She said in a recent report: "We absolutely know there is a substandard and different level of health care within the prison system."
She is backed up in her assertions by Howard Sapers, the Correctional Investigator for Canada, who has underlined the problem on several occasions, as has Catherine Latimer, executive director of the John Howard Society.
Part of the problem stems from the way prisoners are generally treated inside.
Often guards don't believe inmates when they say they are sick and need medical attention.
Libby Black, the federal NDP health critic, is just about the only politician who has made inmate health a public issue; perhaps because her riding takes in the hapless Vancouver area known as the downtown East Side.
Many of her constituents are familiar with the country's prison system.
"There is not a huge public appetite for reform," she told me this week. "It's not the most popular issue and it's certainly not a vote-getter."
And: "If you don't have the leadership that's actually paying attention to what's been going on for years, how will change be brought about?"
She added: "We're talking about real people here. Their voices have to be heard."