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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