I went to see the doctor today. I didn't bother trying to get in to see my PCP. He never has same day appointments. I went to the Urgent Care Clinic instead. That was interesting.
The good thing about Urgent Care is that it's faster than ER. For that reason alone I prefer to go there unless I think that an ER is absolutely needed. I reserve ER visits for if I think that an admit to the hospital is likely, or for sudden injuries like a broken bone type of thing. If all that I think will be needed is a prescription then it's Urgent Care if I can't get in to see the PCP.
The bad thing about Urgent Care is that the only way somebody can accompany the patient to the exam area is if the patient is a minor. This isn't a problem when I'm the patient, since I don't need help. But when Donny's the patient it's a whole different story. I can't rely on him to understand what the doctor says, or to correctly relay the information. It's rather frustrating to me.
But for today, Urgent Care was a godsend. I needed a doctor to tell me that I have a cold and there's nothing that can be done so that my family would quit worrying. I really thought that's what would happen.
According to whoever that doctor was, I have bronchitis. I'm not convinced, but that's what the doctor says. Usually, when I have bronchitis, I feel way worse. And I've barely even had a fever, and even that's been off and on, emphasis on off. And besides, can a cold really turn into bronchitis? I think that the doctor just didn't want to tell me that there was nothing that could be done and to quit my bellyaching. However, he was nice enough to give me cough syrup with codeine, so I love him.
My aftercare instructions made for an interesting read. They included instructions that I was to see my doctor if I have any dizziness. I didn't think to tell the doctor that I've been having dizziness, I really didn't think it was important. I hope that I was right, since I didn't go back and tell him. But I think that the dizziness might have predated the bronchitis, in which case it's unrelated anyway.
Well, I need to take more cough syrup and go to bed, so I guess that's all the confused ramblings you get tonight.