Saturday, January 10, 2015

Downton Abbey Tea/Late Christmas Swap/Urgent Care

I had to use the tea to get you to read the post.  I'm such a tricky person.  I found this tea in one of our downtown (pun) stores today when I ventured out in the freezing weather to meet a friend for lunch.  I have gotten into a good habit of drinking Sleepy Time tea at bedtime.  I wanted to try this one as an evening tea.  The girls in the store said it was really good.
Would you believe I haven't seen one episode.  I'd Love to start from the beginning.

I wanted to tell you about my Urgent Care experience just last week.  (I am feeling better, thank you)
It is impossible to get in to see my doctor anymore.  You have to call the morning first thing to see if you can get in that day.  You can't make advance appointment unless for physicals.  So, I needed to see a doctor since my daughter had strep and more sore throat wasn't going away.
So off to Urgent Care I go.  I knew it would be a long wait with so many having the flu.  So when I checked in there were about 6 waiting ahead of me.  Not very crowded.  So I waited. 
So I will list the what the people said in the waiting room.  I just sat there and didn't say a word.

This baby is my husband's.  We just got married 2 weeks ago.  He didn't even know he had this baby.  His mom is in jail for drugs and she tried to sell this baby.

My son is here because he thinks he broke his hand.  He was mad at his girlfriend and instead of hitting her he hit the stop sign.  She drove off and he doesn't have any ID.  She tells her son that he might not be able to get his meds without the ID.  (She hadn't seen the doctor but was assuming their would be drugs involved)  Mom could not remember son's birthdate.  She remembered her cell number and his.  (I can never remember mine)
This woman walks in limping.  She said she fell at work last night  She didn't have her insurance card and the receptionist said that was okay.  Instead she limps clear out to her car and back in.  Now I could never do that when my leg was hurting.  She sat down and was talking with the lady with the baby.  She started telling her how she could help the baby learn to talk.  She and the stop sign guy didn't seem to be in any pain.

In walks in this very large and loud woman .  She was really mad at her #%)&^& doctor for not phoning in her meds.  She never stopped talking.  She sits down and keeps talking about the $%%&*$^& doctor and how mad she was at him.  She said she told him she would just get another doctor.  I looked around to see who she was talking to......not one person was looking at her.  She just kept talking.

I get called back.  They put me in the last room and it was freezing.  The nurse said it was terrible.  So I waited and waited.  I heard the doctor order an x-ray for the lady that came in after me.  I heard the doctor tell the loud lady to open her mouth.  She wrote her scripts and then told her to "stay out of trouble".  Loud lady never stops talking.  So........

I  usually have a lot of patience but I didn't feel good, I was cold, and grumpy.  So, I go out the door and run into the doctor.  I asked if they had forgotten me.  She said that the patients were seen in the order they come in.  She was busy and she would get to me when it was my turn.  I said but you saw the loud lady, the work accident lady and the boy that hit the stop sign.   (Sounds like the ole lady that swallowed the fly sequence)  She said that I could check with the receptionist and she would tell me she saw patients in the order they were seen. I said that I would.

Shortly after the doctor came in my room, all of a sudden very nice. and the visit was pleasant.  On my way out I was going to stop at the receptionist and talk to her.  The waiting room was full so I literally held my breath til I got outside.
 You sure get an education about other people in a place like that.
I was in a Christmas kitchen swap with Jenny.(  Here is what she sent me.  It was a fun swap because we got to meet and learn about each others likes.  She did a great job. 

Look what else she sent me.  Yeah.  I love showing my skinny ankles. 

Thanks Jen.
 I borrowed the pictures that Jen took of the things I sent her, since I forgot again.
I know it doesn't show but this a tiny little bottle that I found at Hobby Lobby.  I had a hard time finding a tree small enough to fit through the top.

This was a teeny tiny cupcake pan that I got from Jillibean Soup.
Just a little of this and that.

This post was started yesterday.  It's now past midnight and I need to turn in.  Baby, it is cold outside.  We went to Goose's basketball game this morning and then had our Christmas with my son and his girls.  I will post those pictures soon.


Winkel's Crazy Ideas said...

Your visit to the emergency sounds like quite an ordeal. I went with my daughter before Christmas, but everyone sat quietly with each their magazine and never said a word. There's Norwegians for you. Bigger cities would probably have more "noise" though. Your Christmas swap looks fun, all those goodies put together looks very interesting. Pam xx

Kimberly said...

I had to take Kevin to the emergency room about two weeks ago. There are some interesting people in there also. One old woman was there and everything out of her mouth was F! They had two security guards outside her curtain. Kevin is fine by the way. I like the things you got in the swap! Hope you had a nice holiday.

Grammy Goodwill said...

Oh, my goodness. Just that. Oh, my goodness.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What an experience! I sure hope you feel much better this week and don't have to go back. Take care of yourself and enjoy that tea and your pretties! Hugs, Diane

Pam~ Virginia Retro said...

You should be able to get all the past seasons of Downton Abbey at your library. Don't miss out, it's a wonderful series.

Hope you are feeling better. Yeah, never a dull time at the urgi care clinics. At least you finally got seen.

Great swap exchange. Wish the photo of what Jenny sent you was larger, I'm trying to peek, lol.

Jo said...

Glad to hear you are feeling better. Just imagine the stories the receptionist could tell!

Edna B said...

Sounds like your trip to the ER was quite an interesting experience. I love watching other people. It's amazing what you can learn about them by just listening.

So glad you are feeling better. Stay warm, and have a super day. Hugs, Edna B.

Julia said...

Wow, quite the soap opera going on in ER at your hospital. What is the world coming to???.

It kind of makes you feel sorry for the folks who work there day after day. I'd need a stiff drink just to get me through the day, hahaha. It amazes me how people live their live like they don't know better.

I'm glad that you got to see a doctor after all. Wait time is long in our hospital too but I have never had such an experience such as you did.

I love your warm slippers and I think that you got a great swap. Hope you're feeling all better.
Stay warm and smiling.

PatC - All is Bright said...

First of all you certainly do not need to trick me into readying your posts - I always read them and love reading them. You are so right - it's so hard to make appts with your doctor which then you have to go to urgent care. What a bummer! Love your goodies. Take care and continue to enjoy our sometimes crazy world! lol

warm hugs,

Blondie's Journal said...

Lot's of good stuff in this post, Debby! First, whenever someone mentions Downton Abbey, I want to start watching all the past seasons, too. Maybe I'll do that now that things are slow. Also, I need to look for the tea, I've had it before, just forgot about it and I'm a terrible insomniac.

I've only been to an emergency care center once, with my daughter Emily when she had the flu and didn't have a doctor (she has one now). In a nutshell, our experience was almost exactly like yours, and the place was filthy. However, I was reading an article in Dr. Oz's magazine (love him) about the popularity of these clinics and how more and more doctors are going to work for them as it's too expensive to pay for their own insurance. Anyway, Dr. Oz thinks they are great for minor problems, very inexpensive compared to an emergency room and that they are here to stay. He does say, and this I think is important, is to get a recommendation on which one to go to, one that may be affiliated with your regular doctor, or check them out online. They are all different. Unfortunately, our hospital's ER is a big trauma center and they get all the car accidents and gunshot victims from miles around. The more serious cases go first, so if you just need stitches or x-rays, you might wait hours. :(

Love your swap goodies. How fun!

Jane x

Susie said...

Debby, I had to laugh about the drs. is insane what people will say. It usually shows their intelligence or lack of. Sad. I try not to carry on talk with others...cause like you said you just don't feel good, that's why we go there. I never touch any books there. I take my own. I wear my gloves and have a scarf to put up around my face if someone is coughing. Good grief. I loved your slippers :):) Blessings dear friend, xoxo,Susie

Cozy Little House said...

People talk on cell phones about all that stuff you don't want to hear just like that. Here you call and you're lucky if you get an appointment in a week. Unless there's a cancellation.

HollyC said...

People watching can be crazy! You can learn so much by silently sitting there. Sounds like the urgent care we have here. So glad that you are better :) Love the stuff that Jenny sent you. She and I were partnered up before and she is such a sweetheart! She did spoil you with the slippers. Cute! Always love visiting your blog and keeping up with what is going on in your neck of the woods! Have a great night and drink that sleepy tea.

Anonymous said...

my gosh, that was quite the visit to the E.R. wow, lovely gifts you received, I hope you feel better soon and don't get the flu from you visit to the E.R!!!

Lynn said...

I am your pal for the Valentines Day swap. I have already started to gather items for your package. Have a great week and stay warm.
Lynn from life on the wienee ranch

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

What an ordeal. Around here some of the urgent cares and emergency rooms allow you to check in online and then they give you a time to come in. I wonder if they have it where you are?

Kelly said...

My goodness, your visit to the Urgent Care center sounded terrible! I hate going to those places. My husband is a firefighter so he goes on calls for reasons you wouldn't believe. So, it doesn't surprise me hearing those crazy stories you heard in the waiting room! Also, have you ever watched the TV show called "Cops"? That will clue you in into some weirdo's out there too. We just shake our head in amazement. Glad you're feeling better now. Your little booties are cute. It has been cold and wet here in GA too. We had a lot of fog today as well. I don't like this time of year.

Carol said...

What an awful experience! I do hope you are feelng better.

Marissa said...

Sounds like your visit to the ER was full of drama...
imagine the stories the ER nurses have.

pogonip said...

Debby, you are such a breath of fresh air! Love you!

Musings from Kim K. said...

Oh my goodness. That was quite the experience at Urgent Care. Glad you survived. I hope you don't have to use those services anytime soon. Love all your swap goodies and your cute skinny ankles! Hugs!

Gliter Jone said...

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Liberty Swyers said...

Sorry to hear about the emergency visit, glad that things are looking up, I would also have had such a hard time keeping cool. My husband is so much better when it comes to situations like this as he keeps his cool and usually has a much lower blood pressure than I do, thanks again for this information, much love.

Liberty Swyers @ U.S. HealthWorks Sacramento - North