I have NEVER had a worse experience than I had at this hospital! I was seen in the ER by Dr. Daniel Hambleton on 2 different occasions. On the first occasion I was in Afib & he checked my pulse & stated... more "you just converted." He later stated "you were never in Afib." This makes NO sense!
Then, I went into the ER on May 3, 2016 & had the misfortune of being treated by Dr. Hambleton, again. I had a pulsing headache through my temples, 103 degree fever, severe abdominal pain & informed I had diarrhea for months. I informed I hadn't been able to keep down fluids for 3 days, due to vomiting. All he did was accuse me of watering down my urine & accused me of "shopping for pain medication." He had the nurse put a Qtip in my nose to check for the flu & shine a bright light in my eyes, which made my already horrible migraine even worse! I am not a nurse, but even I know, when a patient is severely dehydrated they should be given intravenous fluids! He said he couldn't give me pain medication because "I had a ton of opiates in my urine." I had taken a Norco 3 days prior, because of the unbearable abdominal pain! That is how dehydrated I was, it showed up 3 days later because I couldn't keep anything down! After stating he couldn't give me pain medicine, because of not knowing how much I had in my system & stating it could be fatal....he gave me pain medication! I asked him if it was possible that I could have an infection, since I had a fever of 103. He stated "no, you just have a virus." I became so sick that my roommate had to force me to go to Good Shepherd, in Hermiston where an ER doctor did a CT scan only to find out I had colitis & that my colon was close to perforating! They did a stool sample & found that I had C. Dificile!
After I was diagnosed I called to discuss this with Dr. Hambleton, who only made excuses! He said "you went to Hermiston a week later, a lot can change in a week. If we'd done a CT scan it wouldn't have shown anything." WHAT?! I made it VERY CLEAR I had abdominal pain & diarrhea for MONTHS!!! If he had even apologized, or shown ANY concern I wouldn't be so upset, however, all he did was yell at me & make excuses!
I had another bad experience with this hospital, when I was in Afib & had to listen to a doctor & nurse yell at each other, but at least they showed concern...especially the nurse!
I would be afraid to even trust doctor Hambleton to treat me for a cold! When I told him I felt he didn't care at all he stated "I have a whole community out there who knows I care."
So, basically, that tells me he may have treated me so badly because I was from out of town?
I was going to stay living in Fossil, however, I was forced to move because of the poor medical care & with my heart issues I was TERRIFIED of ending up in the ER at Pioneeer Memorial, & once again, trusting my life to Dr. Hambleton! It was AMAZING that my colon didn't perforate from his misdiagnosis & that I am still alive!!!
Even having to give him 1 star is just sad, considering he treated me as if I wasn't even worth giving water to...LITERALLY! If he had given me IV fluids that may have taken care of the headache, but, he didn't even do that!!!
Instead, he gave me pain medication, after stating it could be fatal to do so, & that is the LAST thing that should be given to someone suffering from C. Diff!!!
It is months later, & I now have severe PTSD from this experience, nightmares & SEVERE anxiety that I doubt will EVER go away!!!
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