Thursday, March 06, 2008

Doc In A Box

Yep, Doc In A Box, that is what my kid's pediatrician used to call those walk in clinics that you go to when you can't get an appointment with the usual doctor.

I have an ear infection. Being the idiot that I am, I went to work anyways. My eighth and ninth period classes were scheduled for an exam and I did not want to disappoint my students. I always hated it when a teacher was absent on a test day and I had to go home and study all over again. I called my regular doctor to get an appointment but, Ms. Bitch, the receptionist, said there was nothing available until tomorrow. Knowing I needed the anti-biotic, I hit Doc In A Box.

I walked into the office and was excited to see only one person waiting. I was sure I could get in and out in no time. No such luck. The receptionist took twenty minutes to sign me in. Then, I had another 15 minutes in the room waiting for the doctor. She looked, confirmed what I knew and told me she would give me a prescription for drops and the anti-biotic. I thanked her and walked out.

The woman at the front desk kept me waiting for another twenty minutes to finish the paper work and give me my prescriptions. Another bitchy receptionist, full of herself and the power she has over us poor mortals.

On the good side, I do have my medicine and the drops are already working. I think I'll wait until tomorrow to mark the exams. It's not a good idea to mark them in the mood I am in.


17 (really 15) more years said...

It's good that you got it taken care of. There is such a nasty bug going around my school- one of the teachers had a double ear infection, neglected it (because she's new, and was afraid to stay home), and now has some hearing loss.

Feel better soon, and stay home tomorrow if you need to rest.

Anonymous said...

I'm pretty lucky with my Doc In the Box. I am usually out within the hour. My regular doctor, even with an appointment, takes much longer.

And, I hope you got a doctor's note just in case you do want to take the day.


NYC Educator said...

Boy, it's a good thing we don't have that awful universal health care like they do in Canada. I hear you have to actually wait to see doctors over there. And what's worse, my sister-in-law got pregnant and all she got was a year off her job with pay.

Anonymous said...

I had a horrible experience with a doc-in-the-box group in Westchester and I will never use one again. Another one almost killed my brother-in-law.