Hello to all,
I am sorry to hear you have a sore throat Mizzbeeutiful.
I hope you get relief quickly. I was prone to sore throats when I was a smoker many years ago. Not fun at all.
I do have a question and please all of you do not take this as being judgemental. I would like to think it is more like helping educate members.
We have urgent care hours in our clinic, it is like a walk in clinic. Anyone can walk in from 8:00 am - 8:00 PM to be seen for any complaint. No appointment necessary. There is a dedicated physician that sees the urgent care patients. A sore throat can be seen, throat cultures done the whole routine and your out of there much faster then going to the ER.
If you are at urgent care and they decided you are an emergency patient, they will send you to the ER.
These services are available all over the USA as I have used them in Florida and Wisconsin. Some are stand alone walk in clinics and others are just a part of a clinic.
Urgent Care offers convenient walk-in medical clinics with providers who are available during specific hours to treat any non-life-threatening illness or injury that needs immediate attention. Urgent care is a timely health care solution for families and individuals of all ages, including those who can't get in immediately to see their primary care doctor, are visiting from out of town or are new to the area and currently don't have a doctor. Patients who do not have a life-threatening condition can save time and money by using Urgent Care as an alternative to the emergency room, where waiting times are on the rise
I hope this helps others that are not aware of Urgent Care options.
I understand completely if you do not have access to urgent care. Our ER offers "Fast Track" on Weekends which sounds similar to what your ER is doing in triage. We only have the 2 choices and we are small town...............You are triaged to ER or Fast Track on week-ends.
I am fortunate to have the urgent care available as it is great for URI, UTI, Headaches, Fever...........etc.
I think the longest I ever had to wait was 10 minutes before I was right into an exam room.
You can all move to MN.............
Great minds think alike........I was going to say popsicles
Once the antibiotic kicks in I know you will start to feel better quickly.