It’s the time of year that the cold – flu thing is going around. I always claim to be super healthy, which I usually am, but once every other year or so I get it. It is usually a nasty head cold that begins with a sore throat, moves into my ears and then had my head running like a faucet. I tried to go to bed early the other night and decided I was not going to be able to sleep because I simply couldn’t breathe and waiting to go to the doctor until the next day wasn’t a good idea nor was I really sick enough to spend time in the emergency room. So, at 7:30 pm in the evening I drove myself to Rocky Mountain Urgent Care. What a pleasant surprise. I was greeted quickly, got in to see a doctor within the hour and was sent home with several prescriptions that I filled at Walgreen’s late night pharmacy. While I have no idea how my health insurance will reimburse for this, I’m sure it has to be less than an emergency room visit where I would have likely sat for hours only to arrive home sometime in the middle of the night. In this case, I was home and in bed by 10pm with my inhaler, nasal spray and cough medicine and on the way to a better night’s sleep. I realize that everyone’s experience may differ, but check out if you have a medical issue that happens after hours and isn’t serious enough to warrant a trip to the emergency room or a call to 911.

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About Pamela Wilson

PAMELA D. WILSON, MS, BS/BA, NCG, CSA helps caregivers and aging adults solve caregiving problems and manage caregiving needs through online programs, live support groups, and an extensive caregiving library that includes articles, podcasts, videos, and webinars.

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