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I don’t get sick often. I can’t remember the last time I had a cold and, come to think of it, I can’t remember the last time N had a cold either. But it will happen one of these days (now that I wrote that, we know it will). We’re also not the doctor visiting types. I’d rather duke it out at home with any illness than go through the effort of calling a doctor, trying to be fit in, waiting in the waiting room, and paying a copay, just for them to tell me to go get meds at the drugstore. That’s why next time we do get sick, we’ll head to Walgreens Healthcare Clinic Philadelphia.
Here are 3 times that we really could have used a Walgreens Healthcare Clinic:
1. Food poisoning, Starring N as a Velociraptor
Within a few weeks of N and I moving in together, N got food poisoning. As these things do, it happened in the middle of the night. I was startled awake by the sounds of what could only be velociraptor invading our home. But no, I didn’t wake up in Jurassic Park. That’s just what boys sound like when they yack. Gross.
This kept happening every hour or two for two straight days. I felt so helpless. We never did go to the doctor but there was a Walgreens Healthcare Clinic less than 5 miles from our house. He could have been treated the same day, without an appointment. You live and you learn, right? And let me tell you, if you are still into someone after you’ve been with them through food poisoning, you’re in it for the long haul.
2. Bye Bye Blood Pressure
Did I ever tell you that I have absurdly low blood pressure? I know, quite the un-American problem. It’s low and sometimes, for whatever reason, it drops.
One morning I was getting ready for work, I started to feel really nauseous and went and sat down for a minute. Never one to use PTO for a sick day, I went back into the bathroom to continue curling my hair. A couple of minutes later, I woke up on the bathroom floor. I’d hit my head on the sink on the way down, causing a minor cut on my forehead. Every time I tried to stand up, I just kept getting light-headed and my vision would go black.
All I needed was a simple blood pressure test to find out that it was a bout of low blood pressure. I needed to lay down for a bit. To rest. Instead, I wound up in the doctor’s office waiting room (for way too long) for them to tell me what I could have learned at the Walgreens right by my house. Now I know when I’m light-headed and sluggish that maybe I’m just having a low blood pressure day. Sometimes I do drop in the drugstore just to stick my arm in the machine and confirm my suspicions. Yup, low again.
3. I’m 26 and I Can’t Get a Shot
I’ve mentioned before that I work for a childhood cancer foundation. That means that I frequently visit children’s hospitals and interact with kids with cancer. These kids have compromised immune systems, making them susceptible to nearly everything. To make sure that I’m not putting them at risk, I always get a flu shot.
Except that I’m 26 and I don’t get shots. I get the FluMist version (though because it has the live virus, I don’t visit children’s hospitals for a week after recieving it). Yes, I’m that girl who refuses to let a doctor stick a needle in my arm. Owie. Instead of being judged by my doctor (she totally judged me, guys) while paying my copay and paying for the flu shot, I could have gone to Walgreens Healthcare Clinic and requested the FluMist. Straight up. No judgement.
I also really like that they put their prices for various treatments right on their price menu.
Sometimes the doctors office is like the hairstylist. You’re just sitting there and all the sudden you’re like “I owe how much money for this?!” I like that Walgreens is upfront about prices.
And hey, while you’re there (if you’re well enough), you can pick up some fabulous drugstore beauty items. I just bought two Maybelline Color Whisper Lipsticks for buy one get one 50% off at Walgreens last week!