Sunday, August 12, 2007


OK. I go to the local "Urgent care" center to get my back to school physical. I was upset because I wanted to be there at 8:00am to get this over with, we ( my 11 year old daughter and my self)
at 9:45. To my shock the sign on the door reads "CLOSED" they open at 11:00 am on sat and sun.This explains why the parking lot is empty, I just thought for once I was Lucky. OK, now what. Kenni's idea is to catch a bite of breakfast. So... Hop- skip and jump we head over to Merrimon ave to our favorite spot( NEW YORK BEAGLES). We order our usual and shoot the breeze with the crew and pass the time . When done we head back to the Urgent care, at this time (10:45) the parking lot is packed. I quick hop out of the car and am the first in line, like I said I wanted just to get this over.I was on the tacking end of a lot of nasty looks, but heck if you want to sit in your car and I am willing to endure a little heat I deserve to be FIRST. The door opens promptly at 11:02, YES we all were checking the time. The mad dash to sign in and fill out forms than ensues. Now the frantic filling out of the forms begins. Forms filled out and handed in, The wait begins......and lingers......and lingers........AT LAST I am called.
I step into the back, blood pressure is taken, temp.,on to the eye test(squinting and trying to read I pass this portion, than the weight( I only have my love of cooking and eating to blame for this),on to the room. I am asked general health questions and than sent to the bathroom with a cup. Now mind you when urine samples are taken at an urgent care the sinks are turned off and the paper towels have been removed. OK, I didn't really have to pee but I gave it a whirl, WOW, a whole 20 drops, I was proud I got than than Oh sh##, I dropped the damn cup in the toilet. Now what? I reach in and yank it out,Can I just move on like nothing happened? No I cant. I throw the cup in the trans and reach for a paper towel...NONE!!! Now what. AH!! Toilet paper, I reach over and pull, only the spot that I pulled from broke off. I finally got done returned to the room and washed my hands, no paper towels there either.
The nurse comes in to take blood a whole vile to check my iron level (because with as much money as i have spent there on my son they don't have the machine to just do a finger prick).
This done than the doctor comes in to do the exam.Light in my eyes, check my ears and listens to my longs and heart. I am asked how I feel I respond OK. The physical is now over.(What a crock, but it is done). Now it is time for the SHOTS eeek. Hep b in the left arm(OUCH!!!) and a TBtest. I'm done I see the exit door.
I am told to sit in the white chairs and wait.....When they are finally done with my chart I am at the check out. My bill is being added and $239.00 is being asked for. For what I ask(for when I called in I was told way less $75. for exam and $19 for TB and $75 for hep b 1st shot) And the list of charges is read to me... $75 foe exam (OK) $19 for hemoglobin(wasn't told about) $17 urine dip( wasn't told hope they didn't charge 2X's because of butter fingers) $74 for hep (OK) and 19 for TB (OK) and a charge of $35.00 for an after 5:00 or weekend visit.WOO..wasnt told about that when I called in,being unemployed I could have come in during the weekday,but I didn't. I was told that signs were "all over the office" I saw the one she pointed out to my. I gave it my all and just gave her all the money I had. I was at that time informed that when I paid that balance I could have my physical.Oh no, not an option,I have a deadline here. Phone calls made and all I got my papers and was on my way. Trust me on my way out I looked for said signs all over the office. I finally found one amongst other signs on the wall. I warned all in the waiting room (Rather loudly) that they were paying more and to read all the posted signs. Some people walked out.
Hope the rest of my decision isn't as much of a cluster f***

1 comment:

thirtysomething said...

Laughing out loud...such a mess always at these kinds of places.