Those following along on twitter know that I went to the Urgent Care near work to deal with a UTI. This, of course, brought up the “Seeing the doctor issues”.
Then it was off to the pharmacy. The nice part was that the UTI pain relief pills are over the counter now, so I could get them right away and not have to wait for the backed-up pharmacy.
Realizing that I was freaked, but still needed to go, got me thinking. The Urgent Care didn’t give me a bad time for being fat. They had furniture that fit me. There were multiple sizes of blood pressure cuffs in the exam room. There was not only a scale that could weigh me, but again, it was in the exam room, so privacy. It wasn’t a bad experience at all – but it still stressed me out, because it was a medical situation, and my history is that medical situations are where I am judged, rejected, and hated.
And I started thinking about other medical things I’ve been putting off. I have a referral to an allergist. I’ve had it since spring. I’ve been putting off scheduling a physical longer.
Yes, I also have a work schedule that puts a large lake between my work and my doc. I’m finishing my father’s estate. And so on. But I’m wondering, again, just how much that one extra thing tends to result in people not getting standard, basic care.