Posted 8/17/2007 11:57 AM (GMT -7)
Chaya - I went to Hopkins years ago and it was a nightmare. Hopefully they are better now. Christiana Hospital in Newark is a great hospital. University of PA does a lot of research on lupus and I heard was a great hospital. Jefferson is okay but not always up to date. Cooper Hospital in Camden, New Jersey I went to and they were pretty good. That is where I got my original diagnosis at Cooper. Lower Delaware has great Primary doctors but seem to lack in the specialists. I would go North for specialists.
I use to live in Dover, Felton and Newark, Delaware. I am stuck in New Jersey (where I grew up) now. I also use to live in Maryland years ago but never, not once, had a good experience there. Philly metro area hospitals and Christiana Hospital would, according to my experience, be your best bet. In fact I was thinking of moving to a shelter in Delaware just to get adequate medical services. We will see if they get any better here, but I much rather be there.
Where abouts in Del. are you from? If you are on the Delmar border, maybe it is worth it to check out some of the D.C. doctors. My mom lives near D.C. and says they are good down there. I personally, don't know much about it though.
Keep at it and take care - Kristin
Dx: Lupus CNS 11/2005; Current - kidney disease, enlarged heart, MVP/regurg, dementia; GERD; vision loss, narcolepsy, rheumatic arthritis, IBS, ovarian cysts, raynauds, EBV/CFS, inflam. liver/spleen. Rx: Atenolol, Aricept, Flexeril, Motrin Previous-rashes, hemi-pelagic migraine, sensory loss, amnesia, PTSD/Dep., host of neuro problems, pregnancy compl., False pos. syphilis, fine speck & homogen ANA; IgM; staph/strept infections, colonitis, pancreaitis, gastritis, costochondritis, pericarditis, Hashimoto's, dyspnea, hyper/hypotension, lipedemia, ulcers, pneumonia, anemia, Scleroderma symptoms, vein swelling, etc.