I have a single dot on my left hip and I think it is a mosquito bite. I little itchy- no big deal. Bed time.
Wake up get dressed go to work as I am getting my stethoscope my Left hip itches and is sensitive and when I look under my scrub pants- 10 dots below my underwear line- in a line pink and itchy. As I am working I realize I am super tired- I then go to employee health (who I have never gone to in the four years of working at this place) The PA tells me that I am probably fine and to come back tomorrow- if its worse hell send me home and give me meds for shingles.
I show the NP on my floor and she said that she thinks it shingles. I go to patient first and she says she isn’t convinced that it is shingles because at this point the rash is papular does not have vesicles. I could tell she was getting annoyed with me- because I asked if it is not shingles- then what it was- she said “I am not sure what it is- I am going to treat you for dermatitis with steroids. If the rash gets worse then add the antivirals because it might be shingles… or you can one or the other… which would you like to do?”.
me: “neither. I am not taking medicine just on a whim- do you think the physician can take a look?” She left annoyed sighing- I waited 50 minutes in an empty patient first close to closing time and I just wanted another opinion. The doctor took a look and said she agreed with the PA’s plan of care. A nurse is going to call me tomorrow about my rash
So, I have a prescription and diagnosis slip for shingles even though they told me they don’t know what the fuck it is.
I wasted $35 in a copay to have someone say I. don’t. know.