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Urgent Care at home


Friday, March 15, 2013



I woke up this a.m. feeling icky with a sore throat that has lasted several days--on the heels of a nasty cold. This sore throat hasn't morphed into a cold as I was expecting, though; it just stays sore, & I'm not coughing or sneezing or sniffling much at all. So I'm thinking it might be strep or bronchitis or something.

I got up & called my doctor's medical group for a same-day appointment--but the soonest my doctor can see me is NEXT WEDNESDAY, & not a single other doctor in the whole Advocate system in the Chicago area (several different medical centers) is available either! And there is ONE urgent care center open. It's on the far, far south side of the city, surrounded by pretty rough neighborhoods. I live in Chicago's northernmost neighborhood.

At first I was going to make the trek down there, but as I got dressed my throat started feeling a little better, & I realized that making that long drive only to wait & wait while wondering whether my car was safe in the parking lot would just add stress to my day. So I decided to stay home (I had already e-mailed my boss to say I needed a sick day) & just drink mint tea with honey & lemon juice, do lots of elbow stretches (recovery from an injury), & watch a movie or two.

The mint is from my back-porch plantings from a couple of years ago. The mug was a farewell gift from some good friends in California when I moved to Illinois back in 1990. The teapot was a gift from a couple in my former church who did a LOT to care for me in the early years of impoverished single parenting. The tray was a gift from another dear friend. The napkin is Colombian, inherited from my parents--that's a chibcha design, from the culture of a group of native people in the central highlands. And I recently bought the tea cozy from an Etsy crafter--isn't it adorable?

Surrounded by such signs of love, I feel better already.
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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
SHANSHE 3/16/2013 9:43AM

    Get better soon Ruth and what a great way to take care of yourself!!! :)
Hugs,
Shan

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RUNNERRACHEL 3/16/2013 12:10AM

    Sounds like you made the right choice! Taking care of yourself is so important. Didn't realize you lived in CA...we will have to get together next time you're in the state! emoticon So hope this sore throat goes away soon! emoticon emoticon

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DONNACFIT 3/15/2013 9:50PM

    Get well soon!! Love your tray of self-care!!

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BABY_GIRL69 3/15/2013 7:11PM

    Feel better soon Precious you are in my prayers....

God bless & hugs!

Dee

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CARLYG8 3/15/2013 4:20PM

    AWW! I am sorry that you are not feeling well! Sending healing prayers your way! Rest up and feel better soon!
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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 3/15/2013 3:23PM

    Love your get well tray and hope it works to make you feel better! emoticon

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HONDURASDONNA 3/15/2013 1:41PM

    Staying home and taking care of yourself sounds like a much better plan! Hope you feel better soon.

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BEATLETOT 3/15/2013 1:12PM

    Lovely self-care!!! Get well soon! A's coming back home soon, so you and I need to go paint the town red! ;-)

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KELLIEBEAN 3/15/2013 12:59PM

    I don't blame you for staying home instead of going through that worry!

Very lovely things and memories to be surrounded by when you are not feeling good!

I hope you feel better very soon!

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THEEXERCISER 3/15/2013 12:36PM

    hope you feel better soon

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