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As non-COVID-19 patients return to Chicago-area emergency rooms, doctors see skyrocketing blood pressure and other side effects of delays in care.
‘It’s terrible, and it’s frightening.’

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Posted By: AltaD, 5/28/2020 3:18:09 PM

One patient ran out of medication during the COVID-19 pandemic and ended up in the Loyola University Medical Center emergency room with dangerously high blood pressure. Others, unwilling or unable to get consistent treatment for chronic conditions during the pandemic, have come in with out-of-control asthma, mental health crises or inadequately treated chronic kidney failure. And then there are the patients who have been putting off treatment for chest pain. “The ones that worry me the most are the patients that say I’ve been meaning to go to the doctor, but I couldn’t get in.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: earlybird 5/28/2020 3:24:33 PM (No. 424621)
Sounds as though things are actually returning to normal according to this doctor… Spiegel said his emergency department has seen a double-digit increase in patients in the past week or so, some of whom arrived in crisis because of delayed care, and a lot who apparently were just more comfortable coming into a hospital now that the state is moving toward reopening. He said the emergency room, which normally sees 240 to 250 patients a day, saw a dramatic decline in volume after the stay-at-home order, but is now back to over 200 patients a day.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: earlybird 5/28/2020 3:27:59 PM (No. 424624)
Keep in mind that those without insurance head to the ER for everything, but may not have wanted ro risk COVID-19, so delayed their treatment. Specialists in our neck of the woods were available in numerous ways, including telehealth visits, and sometimes office visits for patients who needed them. All of them say that if you are in crisis, you contact the ER.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: cjjeepercreeper 5/28/2020 3:28:58 PM (No. 424625)
Always listen to what your body is telling you and don't delay because of lack of insurance or fear of catching something else. We recently had a classic example of this in my family. My 32 year old son was ill, but didn't have insurance so he didn't want to go to the doctor. After a couple days he went and was near death, he had West Nile virus that untreated had gone into Meningitis. He is very lucky to be alive, spent 4 days in the hospital, and the hospital worked with him, backdated the Medicaid and paid the many thousands of dollars in hospital bills. Lesson learned.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: Mr. Know-It-All 5/28/2020 3:35:55 PM (No. 424627)
Will the extra deaths due to lack of proper care, as well as suicides caused by fear, isolation, and economic devastation be added to the covid counts? Some unscrupulous politicians would probably want that.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: Illinois Mom 5/28/2020 3:38:03 PM (No. 424629)
I'll have to give a friend of mine a call...her daughter was scheduled for a bi-lateral mastectomy in March. I cannot believe that procedures like that delayed. Loyola is one of nine large hospitals within a twenty mile radius of our house not counting any hospitals in Chicago. Couldn't some have been designated Covid hospitals? Loyola is a major trauma center, others specialize in heart, two are level IV NICU's, another for Cancer. I get they were expecting places to be swamped but after a month that wasn't panning out. Why wait so long? It's also time to remember these Covid victims, or should I say victims of Covid mania. King Flintstone of Illinois is an idiot...AND...the smart people didn't vote for him or the rest of the morons in the legislature. They're all intermarried and families permeate every level. Chicago, and the area around St. Louis, elected these people, like CA, NY and a few others we are being held hostage. It's time to hold these people accountable.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: MissGrits 5/28/2020 3:58:55 PM (No. 424640)
What we did to our healthcare system, the best in the world, because of this ginned up COVID-19 hysteria is criminal. We nearly, and did temporarily ruin our hospital care system to take care of a handful of people.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: DVC 5/28/2020 4:13:40 PM (No. 424649)
The President warned about the shutdown cause health problems by itself.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: GoodDeal 5/28/2020 4:36:42 PM (No. 424656)
Here’s my story. I’m a Vietnam veteran and receive medical care at my local VA hospital. I had three scheduled appointments in June for pain clinic treatment of injections into both of my knees. A series of three injections all one week apart. They called yesterday to tell me that all the appointments are canceled due to the virus. So now my pain and suffering will continue until such time as they see fit to end this bullcrap.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: msjena 5/28/2020 5:53:17 PM (No. 424682)
So some people were so afraid of the virus, they ended up with kidney failure and heart attacks. Thanks, medial
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Reply 10 - Posted by: Omen55 5/28/2020 6:32:58 PM (No. 424713)
Guess all of dem are feeling the Blues.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: volksford 5/28/2020 8:35:53 PM (No. 424821)
Well said # 9
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Reply 12 - Posted by: judy 5/29/2020 1:12:05 AM (No. 424944)
Things are back to normal... Walmart has toilet paper, the ER is filled.. government workers & politicians are still out of work & their checks never stopped.
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