So, 2020 didn’t start off the way I’d hoped. Instead, I kick started the year with sickness like the lay-in-the-bed-and-sleep-all-day sort. This poem by Kim Adams describes last week perfectly.
Coughing and hacking and attempting to breathe
Trying and trying for something to relieve
This miserable cold, this terrible flu
I can barely walk, I can barely chew
Without coughing away, like a pack of seals
Trust me, it sounds as delightful as it feels
Off to the doctor to find some medication
To help out with my dreadful situation
Bringing restful sleep instead of broken nights rest
And healthy times to me, it’s all for the best
I’m one of those who try my best to avoid going to the doctor’s office. I’ll take over-the-counter medicine, elderberry syrup along with a host of immune-boosting vitamins for weeks. Shoot, I’ll even pour water up my nose with a neti pot, which is one of the most unattractive things your spouse can witness.
Finally, after three weeks, I knew I needed stronger stuff. I just hate carving out time. You know how it is, fill out paper work and wait while praying you don’t catch anything else while you’re there.
At the Standard, we have the option of using an app called Teladoc to get diagnosed and prescribed medication by phone. Several in editorial have had luck with it and credited the app for its convenience. As far as first impressions go, I’m not a fan.
I fiddled with it for an hour trying to set up an appointment through the app. Finally, I called and verbally scheduled the “doctor’s visit” through a representative which took 30 minutes. After another hour, I received a 30-second phone call with a doctor I’d never met, who prescribed me an antibiotic.
Turns out, I was justified in my skepticism. After three days on the antibiotic, no relief, but several uncomfortable side effects. Sometimes you just need a good old-fashioned, face-to-face doctor’s visit. That being said, I knew I could count on my nurse practitioner Lacey Jones.
So, with a steroid shot and a new prescription, my hope for relief was renewed. After resting at the house for two hours, I headed to Walgreens. It was madness. I sat for an hour and 45 minutes watching the pharmacy get more and more congested with irritated people before heading home empty-handed.
Luckily, my grandparents know a thing or two about pharmacies. Grandpa called Stacy's Wellness Pharmacy and they were able to transfer my prescription. Stacy’s had my medicine ready in 10 minutes.
All I can say is I’m thankful regular doctor and pharmacy visits aren’t a part of my typical routine. This experience definitely has reinforced my resolution to keep up a healthy lifestyle so I don’t have to permanently rely on medicine to feel well.
Standard reporter Lacy Garrison can be reached at 473-2191.