Shingles not mentioned during hospital visit

Jul 29 2010 - 3:05pm

On July 20 I went into the ER feeling overly stressed-out with chest and back pain. The ER gladly took me in. While waiting for the doctor on duty, the nurse took a lot of blood for testing and put me on oxygen. The doctor came in and looked at me and the red rash that I had on my leg and gave me a prescription for pain and sent me home.

While at home I took a better look at the rash on my leg and I realized that I had a reoccurrence of shingles. Not once did the doctor say anything about it.

I have seven very young grandchildren and if I had not been cautious about my health, I could have easily given it to any one of my grandchildren, one of whom is just a week old.

I dread to think of what would happen if someone had a serious health issue that was highly contagious and just because the ER wants us to return again and again, they didn't solve the medical problem out of greed.

Too bad they can't find a cure for greed. As for all of the blood that they took for testing, I don't think they would tell me even if there was something wrong, just so that I would still keep coming back. I hope that they're not holding their breaths; it's not going to happen.

Charlene Heckert


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