UTA Grad Isolated at New Jersey Hospital as Part of Ebola Quarantine
From the article:
Kaci Hickox, a nurse with degrees from the University of Texas at Arlington and the Johns Hopkins University, has been caring for Ebola patients while on assignment with Doctors Without Borders in Sierra Leone. Upon her return to the U.S. on Friday, she was placed in quarantine at a New Jersey hospital. She has tested negative in a preliminary test for Ebola, but the hospital says she will remain under mandatory quarantine for 21 days and will be monitored by public health officials.
If Ms. Hickox is “surprised” at the treatment that she received,…then, I am in “total disbelief” and “utter shock” that she doesn’t understand that she could be putting others at risk.
Don’t doctor’s and nurse’s realize that upon their return from area’s stricken with Ebola, that there would be extreme concern in a country of over 300 million? On a continent, that “had” never seen Ebola on it’s shores? That they may be bringing with them a disease with a fatality rate of somewhere between 50 and 90 percent? Honestly!
Her treatment is no worse than I have received at the hands of the medical profession in the hospital in the past. Where,… I sat for hours in the emergency room. No one telling me what is going on. Hours more waiting for a bed. No food at all until at least 15 hours later. Shuffled from the emergency room, to x-ray, to nuclear medicine, and back again. Being told by my doctor that it looked like I was going home in the morning and yet actually having surgery the next morning. And post-op, bags of saline/or, other solutions running out and I having to alert the nurse myself to the situation?
Do I think she should have been told what was going on? Of course. Could she have been treated better? Yes. Unfortunately, she got to experience what goes on in the medical field every day from the other side of it. And just like every other job, there are competent people and there are incompetent people. Why would the medical field be any different?
One thing I did find both a little odd and disturbing in the article, was that she was coaxing crushed Tylenol and anti-seizure medication down a convulsing child’s throat. What? Why would you do that?
Finally, I know that doctor’s and nurse’s, without a doubt, “have” and “are” putting their very lives on the line to go to Africa among other places to take care of people with this vile disease . I personally think there should be special commendation for them. They are truly hero’s in my eye’s.