I've been sick with a cough and severe congestion for over a week now. I don't want to schedule a doctor's appointment because it's always a pain and they may not see me until another week or so ... but I don't know if I can last that long. I'm miserable. What can I do? -- Ill Ashley
My poor poppet, as Dr. Laurie would say, "You have to be your own, fiercest advocate!" If you're extremely low on energy, enlist the help of friends and family.
As long as you're miserable, you won't be able to concentrate on anything else. Be brave and take control of the situation.
Forget your perception -- call the doctor's office and succinctly explain your misery. See if they have an emergency slot you can slide into today or tomorrow (many doctors secretly keep slots open just for this reason).
If not, get yourself to an urgent care center -- Promptcare and Medcheck are popular here in the Midwest, though names vary region to region. Find them in the phone book, online, or by asking your doctor's office and local hospital.
As long as you're miserable, you won't be able to concentrate on anything else. Be brave and take control of the situation.-- M
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