The Top 3 Times I Needed A Walgreens Healthcare Clinic


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I don’t get sick often. I can’t remember the last time I had a cold and, come to think of it, I can’t remember the last time N had a cold either. But it will happen one of these days (now that I wrote that, we know it will). We’re also not the doctor visiting types. I’d rather duke it out at home with any illness than go through the effort of calling a doctor, trying to be fit in, waiting in the waiting room, and paying a copay, just for them to tell me to go get meds at the drugstore. That’s why next time we do get sick, we’ll head to Walgreens Healthcare Clinic Philadelphia.

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Here are 3 times that we really could have used a Walgreens Healthcare Clinic:

1. Food poisoning, Starring N as a Velociraptor

Within a few weeks of N and I moving in together, N got food poisoning. As these things do, it happened in the middle of the night. I was startled awake by the sounds of what could only be velociraptor invading our home. But no, I didn’t wake up in Jurassic Park. That’s just what boys sound like when they yack. Gross.

This kept happening every hour or two for two straight days. I felt so helpless. We never did go to the doctor but there was a Walgreens Healthcare Clinic less than 5 miles from our house. He could have been treated the same day, without an appointment. You live and you learn, right? And let me tell you, if you are still into someone after you’ve been with them through food poisoning, you’re in it for the long haul.

See? We still like each other.
See? We still like each other.

2. Bye Bye Blood Pressure

Did I ever tell you that I have absurdly low blood pressure? I know, quite the un-American problem. It’s low and sometimes, for whatever reason, it drops.

One morning I was getting ready for work, I started to feel really nauseous and went and sat down for a minute. Never one to use PTO for a sick day, I went back into the bathroom to continue curling my hair. A couple of minutes later, I woke up on the bathroom floor. I’d hit my head on the sink on the way down, causing a minor cut on my forehead. Every time I tried to stand up, I just kept getting light-headed and my vision would go black.

All I needed was a simple blood pressure test to find out that it was a bout of low blood pressure. I needed to lay down for a bit. To rest. Instead, I wound up in the doctor’s office waiting room (for way too long) for them to tell me what I could have learned at the Walgreens right by my house. Now I know when I’m light-headed and sluggish that maybe I’m just having a low blood pressure day. Sometimes I do drop in the drugstore just to stick my arm in the machine and confirm my suspicions. Yup, low again.

Sometimes a little snooze is all it takes. Cuddles don't hurt either.
Sometimes a little snooze is all it takes. Cuddles don’t hurt either.

3. I’m 26 and I Can’t Get a Shot

I’ve mentioned before that I work for a childhood cancer foundation. That means that I frequently visit children’s hospitals and interact with kids with cancer. These kids have compromised immune systems, making them susceptible to nearly everything. To make sure that I’m not putting them at risk, I always get a flu shot.

Except that I’m 26 and I don’t get shots. I get the FluMist version (though because it has the live virus, I don’t visit children’s hospitals for a week after recieving it). Yes, I’m that girl who refuses to let a doctor stick a needle in my arm. Owie. Instead of being judged by my doctor (she totally judged me, guys) while paying my copay and paying for the flu shot, I could have gone to Walgreens Healthcare Clinic and requested the FluMist. Straight up. No judgement.

I also really like that they put their prices for various treatments right on their price menu.

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Sometimes the doctors office is like the hairstylist. You’re just sitting there and all the sudden you’re like “I owe how much money for this?!” I like that Walgreens is upfront about prices.

And hey, while you’re there (if you’re well enough), you can pick up some fabulous drugstore beauty items. I just bought two Maybelline Color Whisper Lipsticks for buy one get one 50% off at Walgreens last week!

  • I honestly had no idea they had a clinic. That really could come in handy, especially with this cold I’ve been trying to fight for the lasts 2 weeks!

  • I love that those prices are posted! I always wonder about price too and that’s such a great way to do business!

  • Yeah when we are sick as we don’t want to go to the doctors because well we feel like shit and the doctors is a place where you need to sit around for ages when you would rather lay down, in fact I have laid on the floor of the doctors waiting room a couple of times because I have felt so sick I could not sit. We don’t have anything like a Walgreens Heathcare Clinic here but there are times I wish we did

  • I feel your pain with the low blood pressure-those fainting spells sucker punch you out of nowhere!

  • I agree, shots are so expensive!

  • I didn’t know this was a thing now! But, it is totally smart and I hope it continues to work and spread.

    Also:”I was startled awake by the sounds of what could only be velociraptor invading our home.” is the best sentence I’ve read this week. I literally laughed out loud. Kudos.

  • Erin

    Don’t feel too bad about being that girl who’s 26 and doesn’t do shots- I’m 31 and don’t do shots. I once had a dermatologist who wanted to shave some moles off & all it would require was a local numbing agent via a shot, I assume, “lucky” me aka chicken me had to get to work that day so I thanked her for her time and headed on my way out to get back to work.Truthfully, I wanted to cry and wanted my mommy to come hold my hand for an ordeal like that- and I was a married adult living on my own with my now ex and the first person I thought of wanting with me was my mom. {biggest baby award winner right here, self proclaimed and all!} So the next time you feel silly for not wanting a shot remember that random chick Erin who doesn’t do needles and wanted her mommy to come hold her hand at the doctors office!
    And I think I’m done outing myself now, just wanted to tell you you are not alone in your fear of needles nor the oldest scaredy cat, might just be me 😉

  • Such a great point about the pricing at Walgreens – I love how transparent everything is! And they take insurance! #client

  • Erin

    Long time reader, first time commenter. Love drug store health care clinics. I think they satisfy a big need in our healthcare system, the whole “I’m sick enough to go see a doctor right now but can’t get an appointment but am not sick enough to go to the ER” deal. Also I see that you hinted you live in Philly, well hot damn I’ll be moving there myself soon! Hope it warms up before then!

  • great post!

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