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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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