I've been feeling like crap lately. Headache, terrible cough, sore throat, puffy face, trouble breathing if I moved too fast. So I tried to get an appointment with my regular doctor but she was booked clear to next Friday and this particular brand of yuck is not being manageable. So, I looked around until I found a walk-in health clinic that takes my insurance. I got there at 11am today. I sat in the waiting room until about 12:30pm, then was taken back to an exam room by a very efficient but not very friendly medical assistant. Didn't even introduce herself. She took my vitals and stabbed the back of my throat with a cotton swap to see if I had strep (which I obviously do not).
Then I waited around until about 1:15pm for the actual doctor to come in. He didn't introduce himself either, and he called me Ariel once which was annoying. He poked around my head and ears and stuff, said I had a sinus infection, and sent me to the pharmacy with a prescription. I get to the pharmacy about 1:40pm only to find that they are closed for lunch. So I go get some lunch of my own and come back. They take my prescription, tell me it's going to be an hour to fill it.
I wiled away the hour getting the oil changed in my car and seriously freaking out the poor attendant who was taking care of the engine by making the car rock with my coughing. Poor fella. I tipped him well for that. Get back to the pharmacy and they had me a tube of some kind of anti-fungal cream. I'm like...whut
This is supposed to be a cough medicine and runny nose stopper. The tech checked the prescription and he was like...uh, that's not what the doc wrote down for you. By this point, I'm thinking Ariel had some kind of fungal infection and she's getting my cough medicine.
Rather than bother with another fiasco there, I just did the very naughty thing that is driving up the cost of healthcare so much. I went to the Emergency Room. Turns out it is a good thing I did. They listened to my lungs when I mentioned the trouble breathing and ordered an x-ray. Turns out I've got fluid built up in there. Pneumonia, wooooo!
I finally got back home at about 6pm and curled up next to my wonderful husband to ponder the inadequacies of the best healthcare system in the world.