The Top 4 Times I Needed a Walgreens Healthcare Clinic

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I always knew growing up that I would be the mother of boys. I hoped so much because I knew I could not deal with girls. I barely brush my hair, I knew I couldnt teach my daughter how to do anything with hers. Or how to dress in a way that doesn't look like you possibly never learned your colors in school.  I knew I could put those classes on my husband if I had boys.  And I did. I had two beautiful boys eight years apart and it was beautiful.  However, I completely forgot that I had BOYS. Boys that do Scouts. Boys that play sports. Boys that want to do what Daddy does and play with all the power tools.  I have a girl now as well but she has only added to my life of emergency room visits, stubborn faces, and lots of boo boos.  If only we knew about Walgreens Healthcare Clinic Atlanta, I wouldn't have all these crazy emergency room bills and hours upon hours of wait time.

The wait time to get into our healthcare professional is ridiculous and they are only open from 8:30 to 4:30. Walgreens Healthcare Clinics are open 7 days a week, including evenings and weekends! All the accidents that happen around my house happen at 5 pm or later.  It is because my children and husband know that the regular offices are closed.  Healthcare Clinic Atlanta is the closest clinic to me and I am so sad that there isn't one nearer to my house.  They can track blood pressure, they offer health screenings and vaccinations, give physicals, treat most non-emergency illnesses and injuries, and many more things.  They also accept most insurances.

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The Top 4 Times I Needed a Walgreens Healthcare Clinic (in totally random order)

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1. Skin infections, irritations & rashes   My husband is a loon.  He is always laughing, always making jokes.  Anytime he gets hurt he refuses to go to the E.R. because it is ‘wasteful'. He always thinks his injuries are not that bad.  Well, its all funny until someone gets what could be a spider bite on vacation halfway across the country.  Walgreens Healthcare Clinics can help with all types of skin conditions including spider bites, infections, hives, and many others.  If we had known about that when we were on our trip, we wouldn't have had to spend the whole time worrying about whether we would be visiting the E. R. as soon as we got back home.  My husband just kept saying that it was probably nothing.  Normal bites swell up and turn colors.  It was absolutely normal.  <——- Really honey?

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My husband thinks it is funny to take pics when I look horrible and feel worse

2. Headaches or Migraines  If you know me at all then you know that I have migraines.  I say I have a headache so often that most of my friends just ask me when I DONT have one.  I did a very not smart thing a few years ago and stopped going to treatment.  My neurologist had to go to Afghanistan and when she left, I never found a new one.  I just dealt with it the way I did when I was a teenager and cried a lot.  I spent a long time in the dark.  One day I was absolutely dying at work so I got off early and came home to try to take some Tylenol and sleep.  I had such a bad headache that I was shaking.  I was sweating but freezing.  I couldn't even move my head without feeling like I was going to vomit.  Typical migraine but it had been years since I had one that bad.  My friend came over to drop off my son and I had to ask her to take me to urgent care. I had to sit there with my son in urgent care while I felt like I was dying. He cried because he was so worried about me.  If I had went to a Walgreens Healthcare Clinic when the migraine first started it would never have been that bad.  They are even able to refer you to a specialist.  I had to spend most the next two days in the dark in bed.  It was not fun.

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I also take pictures when he is hurt. We were made for each other.

3. Minor cuts or burns   Again with my husband not ever wanting to see the doctor.  He could probably cut his finger off and tell me that he was ok.  Sometimes though you just need some medical help.  It's hard as a parent to tell if your child (or husband) needs stitches though.  At Walgreens Healthcare Clinics they can fix minor cuts with skin adhesive.  Much easier than stitches and probably much less of a wait.  The last time I had to go in to get stitches at the hospital I was there for six hours before they saw me.  I had to get 32 stitches in my hand and they worried that I had hit a nerve.  It was awful.  I know that wasn't minor but the time I went in that someone had closed my finger in the hinge part of the car door? Yeah that was one stitch.  It would have been easily fixed with skin adhesive.  That wait time? 4 hours and 35 minutes.  Or two books and a small nap.

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4.  Vaccines  My son is so last minute it is silly.  He always tells me the night before something is due at 8 pm.  Sometimes he tells me the morning of.  He is my Scout son and almost every other weekend is doing something with them.  He conveniently forgot to tell me that he needed his tetanus vaccine for his Scout summer camp until the Tuesday before he was supposed to go that Thursday.  I almost died.  I had to beg, BEG, the receptionist to fit us in at his normal clinic and had to rush over an hour to get there since I never changed him over when we moved five years ago.  The Walgreens Healthcare Clinics offer all types of vaccines for your child.  I really could have used them during that stressful day and also when he never gave me the print out from his school saying that he needed an additional shot for 6th grade BEFORE registration.

My family is kind of dangerous when you really think about it. We really need something near our house so that we don't have to deal with the emergency room.  You pretty much accept that your children will get hurt or sick as a parent and you learn to accept that it will be afterhours if it happens.  That is why Walgreens Healthcare Clinics are awesome.  They are there for your family's needs.

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Author: Kat

Kat is a married mom of three kids aged 15, 7, and 4 that lives close to Birmingham, AL. She loves cats, books, cooking, hockey (especially the Chicago Blackhawks & Pittsburgh Penguins), and watching movies. She is an admitted nerd, comic book lover, action figure & barbie doll collector, blackjack dealer, beginner croupier, and all around queen of the dorks. You can reach her at everydimecounts@gmail.com to talk about product reviews, press trips, sponsorships, or brand messaging.

25 thoughts on “The Top 4 Times I Needed a Walgreens Healthcare Clinic”

  1. My husband never goes to the ER either. He once cut his finger at work and called to tell me he was on the way home and I’d need to bandage it up for him. He didn’t have any so he used duct tape! In the end, he did need to go to the ER — and get 8 stitches! Walgreen’s didn’t help there, but I did get bandages there. 🙂

    1. Definitely sounds like mine. He once stepped wrong on his ankle and never went to the doctor. He still kinda limps. I told him it was broken but he said he would just walk it off.

  2. I like that they offer vaccines. It’s crazy to have to go to a doctor’s office and pay the cost of a consultation when all you need is a shot.

  3. I really wish our Walgreens had one of these clinics! I would use it often if they did. I keep hoping they add one in one of these days.

  4. I really wish our Walgreens would start adding these clinics. It would be so much more convenient that waiting for an appointment with the doctor, which is also outrageous.

    1. I know! I spent almost 30 minutes on hold with my son’s ped the other day just to be told that a nurse would call me back. Then she called me back at 3:30 (my original call to them was at 8:30) that day to say that all the appointments were taken and we would have to wait until the next day. This happens every single time one of my kids get sick during the night.

  5. Our Walgreens HealthCare clinic is so nice and super clean. It is new, so I haven’t used it yet. Knock on wood, there hasn’t been a need. But next time I suspect strep, that’s where I am headed.

  6. We have a Walgreens clinic a block away &it’s helped me out quite a few times! I have asthma so when I get sick it can get serious- I always get seen much faster at Walgreens than my “real” doctor!

    1. I know half the nurses at the E.R. with my younger son’s immune deficiency and my older son’s habit of breaking bones.

  7. I didn’t know that Walgreens had a clinic. Urgent care clinics are a great option when you don’t want to wait for an appointment with your provider.

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