My sore throat hasn’t improved, but it has changed quite a bit over the course of the last two and a half weeks. It started out in the far back of the mouth, what I think is called the pharynx. I suspect it’s a result of post-nasal drip brought on by allergies. It’s gone away and come back and moved. Now it’s way down in my throat, the larynx I believe. Or maybe it’s the trachea, but larynx is fun to say.
It feels swollen, like a walnut is lodged down there. This is only over the last three days.
I normally wouldn’t seek medical attention for a sore throat, but this is starting to concern me, so today I called around to some Ear, Nose and Throat specialists. They were all closed because it’s Good Friday.
I would have called my personal physician, but of course he stopped taking my insurance a couple years ago.
So I decided to seek help from a “convenient care clinic.” I found one, Take Care Health Services, that’s on my plan and only a couple miles away at 1826 N Broad. I called the national toll-free number to make sure the place was open.
But when I got to that address, I discovered it was a Walgreens. Apparently all the clinics for Take Care Health Services are located in Walgreens. I’ve heard of such things but never actually availed myself so I was a little confused at first. I grew even more confused when I went in to the damn Walgreens and couldn’t find a health clinic anywhere. A pharmacist informed me that there was no clinic; it would be opening soon but the date had been pushed back.
I went back to the car and called the national toll-free number for Take Care Health Services to apprise them of this fact. They directed me to the nearest Take Care Health Services location that is actually open, which turned out to be in Marrero.
So I drove across the river and eventually I was talking to a nurse practitioner. He suspected my sore throat was a result of post-nasal drip brought on by allergies, and he noted the pollen levels were setting records. (Our front porch is covered by a thick blanket of green oak pollen.) He recommended getting on a 24-hour antihistamine, and to take some painkillers for the soreness.
When I pointed out that the soreness was way down in my throat, he advised me to see an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist.
Will Obama’s health care reform fix this inanity? Perhaps Congress could mandate that ENTs should not take Good Friday as a holiday. Maybe we could outlaw pollen while we’re at it. And sore throats.