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Monday, August 17, 2009

Walgreen's Clinic

I had the opportunity to visit the Take Care Health Clinic at Walgreen's over the weekend.

Sadly, Mom is sick. Mom has strep. It isn't a fun place to be. The kids have been packed off to Grandma's house because I'm contagious.

Well, Randall forced me to the clinic on Sunday because I could hardly get out of bed. (Really, though, there wasn't a whole lot of forcing other than forcing me out of my bed. I was ready to see a doctor.)

We went to the closest Walgreen's to visit their clinic. There was a bit of a wait, because two people were in front of me. Considering that there is only one person running the show at the clinic, though, the wait wasn't really all that bad. It was much less than any visit to the ER has ever been.

When we were finally called, the nurse practitioner was very nice and considerate. She told me her name, but I seriously don't recall much of the visit beyond her jabbing that swab stick down my throat and trying to rip out my tonsils with it. She was nice about it, though. (yeah - right...)

She started the strep test before she finished the paperwork so that the test could be processing while we were doing the administrative necessities.

She did tell me I have strep - which was disappointing, but not really surprising. My husband's step-mother had already told me I had strep. That's why we went to the clinic in the first place.

She kindly searched the Publix list of free antibiotics before she decided what to prescribe for me. Free is always good.

All in all, it was a good experience. If you find that you or one of your kids need attention on the weekend, I highly recommend a visit to Walgreen's health clinics. They serve anyone over the age of 18 months for minor illnesses. It's faster - and much less expensive - than the emergency room.

Now, I have to go back to bed. Strep is kicking me in the behind.


Dorothy L said...

Oh boy...I have suffered from strep and it is no wy a fun trip.
A lot of rest and peppermint tea is what helped me get through it.

Take Care!

StaceyC4 said...

None of the Walgreens by me have a clinic but CVS has one - Minute Clinic and they, too, are very helpful in finding cheap or free prescriptions. Hope you feel better soon!