I'm pretty sick.
I've had a killer sore throat since Monday morning.
Now my ears hurt, too, along with all of my lymph nodes along both sides (lymph nodes can hurt, right?)
It's been a miserable couple of days - no sleep while having to take care of Carolyn, who doesn't appreciate me just lounging around lazily on the couch.
This morning I decided enough was enough and went to the convenient care.
First of all, I can't wait till I have insurance so I can go to a "real" doctor.
Second of all, convenient care is anything but convenient.
I arrived at 9, right as they were opening.
I was the second patient, right after an old lady who had a complaint about every, single thing the LVN told her - it never ceases to amaze me how people who have insurance don't know how their insurance works.
If it wouldn't have hurt my throat, I'm pretty sure I would have told her to stop her ridiculous fussing and sit the hell down.
I didn't get back into a room until after 9:45 and sat there until well after 10 listening to the NP talking to someone on the phone about her recent vacation.
When she got to me, I told her my symptoms and this was the conversation we had:
Her: How long has your throat been sore?
Me: Four days.
Her: Well, it would help if you would stop smoking.
Me: I don't smoke.
Her: It says right here in the computer that you do.
Me: Well, I don't.
Her: Are you sure?
Me: Yep. Pretty sure.
Her: But the computer says...
Me: I've never had a cigarette in my life.
Her: Oh. Well. That's good...
Me: I'm pretty sure I have strep throat.
Her: I think you have strep, but we need to run a strep test and that'll cost you an extra $20.
Me: What if you just treat me as if I have strep? I've had it a lot before and this is what it feels like.
Her: Or, I could just treat you as if you have strep and you could spend the extra $20 on penicillin.
Me: (in my head) That sounds like a winner. So happy you're listening to me.