In honor of the whopper head cold I have today, I am dedicating this blog to being sick in Cape. Today's blog deals with basic aspects of "being sick". Future blogs will delve into the myriad of healthcare choices available to local residents.
Getting sick for the first time in a new place can be a double whammy. First, you are sick, presumably not something you have on your bucket list. Second, you are a little disoriented as far as what to do about it. Your "usual" tricks might involve your "go to" OTC medicines but it is 9 at night. Depending on where you live, here are a few options.
Good news: You live in a town with 24 hour establishments. On the west side of town, you have Walmart. Walmart closes, well, almost never. The good thing about heading over there is you can get whatever it is that you need to get over your ailment. If you need a new elliptical machine and a 60" plasma tv with 3 gallons of orange juice and a pound of tater tots along with the latest People Magazine, Wal-Mart is your choice. They also sell drugs and have a pharmacy. Pharmacy runs more normal hours, no earlier than 9 and up to 9pm during the week. Call ahead to save yourself a trip if you need real drugs to go with the plasma tv. (573) 335-3884 for the pharmacy.
Schnucks and Walgreens both have drive through pharmacies, should you feel so not like getting out of your car and possibly being seen in less than full make-up. The difference between the two is that Schnuck's pharmacy runs the same hours as Wal-Mart, 9-9 Monday-Friday, Sat, 9-7, and Sun, 10-6 while the Walgreen's pharmacy is open 24 hours . The big differentiator here is whether your insurance is accepted. One of the big insurance carriers in the area has been having a difficult courtship with Walgreen's and you can no longer get prescriptions filled there. If this is your carrier, you probably know about this already and Schnuck's is there to help you from the comfort of your car.
Walgreen's has two drive-up lanes though the outside lane is for drop-off only. The interior lane is for both drop-off and pick-up. Try to pick up from the outside lane and you may find yourself looping back around because prescription bottles for liquids do not fit up the chute. (I am just trying to spare you from rookie errors. If you are a thrill seeker, go for it.) Speaking of thrill seeking, hitting Walgreen's on Christmas Day is an adventure. I believe Walgreen's is one of the few places open on Christmas Day and the shelves are ravaged as if a hurricane category 4 is projected to hit land by nightfall. If you have to go on Christmas Day, make sure you are happy, not in a hurry, and have a targeted approach. Like Black Friday, this is not the day for browsing.
One more important thing: If your "go to" recovery drug contains pseudoephedrine, you will not be buying it in Cape Girardeau, unless you get a prescription which may make it crazy expensive. That Walgreen's you are standing outside of held a state record for the amount of pseudoephedrine sold in a month. http://www.semissourian.com/story/168006... I do not work for Walgreen's though I do feel confident that that was not a goal set by corporate. Regardless, Cape doesn't mind setting records but that was one it did not care for so "bye-bye" Sudafed!
What if you are sick but your mucus is turning colors or your fever is raging or your throat is sore non-stop for days? What if you need to see a medical professional? You definitely have options. I will name one here and then follow up with more in another blog. Living on the north side, my personal fav is the Immediate Convenient Care at the corner of Lexington and Kingshighway. I like the fact that you can get a paternity test there at the same time you are having your throat swabbed for strep. (Paternity Tests were advertised on the electronic board last week when I drove by.) For the most part, this is a no appointment facility though you can expedite your wait by downloading the forms online and completing them before you go. http://www.sfmc.net/UrgentCare.htm Bring something to do. There is usually one tv set in the waiting room and it plays vintage movies exclusively. No Maury Povich to go with those paternity tests. You will have access to a bathroom though the wait to be seen is going to feel mind numbingly long and that is because you are sick.
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