I am amazed that as a writer I can find the most interesting things to write about. Even allergies! Having lived in Florida all those years I had a cold that developed into something worse about every five years.
In Tennessee it seems that I am getting sick about every two years. I am told my natural immune system is not doing well with the pollen of Tennessee. How can my new adopted home turn on me so? I love spring and fall here in Middle Tennessee. I revel in the different colors that come day by day in the spring. I love that when the fall colors are at the most intense it actually hurts my eyes the trees so full of color.
Now, to find out that Tennessee is turning on me is just wrong on so many levels. For three weeks I haven’t been able to hear because of the sinus infection that has moved into my ears. I think God takes things away from me so that when I get them back I am thankful and know what it means to be without.
Not to hear my bird sing in the morning, not to hear music, the TV, my Charlie… oh wait…maybe that is the blessing. I know Charlie was pleased- I didn’t talk much to him. I would come home from work dragging my briefcase behind me. I would trudge back to the bedroom, turn the TV on- full blast - then zone out for a couple of hours, finally falling into a deep dugged sleep.
To be fair, Charlie did miss us talking and insisted I go and get some medicine. I had this happen before about two years ago. Then I worked for an attorney and we had a devil of a time communicating. I went to the emergency room as I didn’t know there was a clinic. The hospital charged us $750.00 for the visit, for the follow up I went to the clinic and that little excursion cost us $500.00- and all he did was give me an antibiotic. I knew if I went back they would run tests that I didn’t need, hold me there for hours- then charge me an amount that there was no way we could pay.
So one afternoon I drove out to Lynnville to the Right Care Clinic owned by my friend Chandler Anderson. He has been in Lynnville about a year with another clinic in Columbia located in front of the Walmart. What I like about the staff at Right Care is they listen, they take time to care.
Britney Farley saw me this particular day. She listened as I told her the sinus infection has moved to my ears. I don’t have pneumonia; I just need antibiotics to clear up my ears. She gave me a shot, a prescription and some wonderful cough syrup with codeine. (Wheee!)
I had to go back the following week as the meds weren’t working. She gave me a stronger antibiotic, a hard hitting allergy medicine but … alas…no more cough syrup with codeine. (Drat!) The average office visit cost me about $50.00.
Chandler and his staff at the Lynnville office have been quite beneficial to that small community. There was an incident where a farmer was badly stung by bees. Right Care being in the center of town made the difference- as he would not have made it to the traditional hospital alive. Another time there was a man in town that was very sick. He had been to doctors, hospitals, tests, and retests, biopsies galore only to have spent tens of thousands of dollars and still not be well. Chandler had him come into the office.
He revealed his medical history, test results, what happened with this medication, what happened after that test to the staff. It took a while, but Chandler figured out what the problem was. Today that man is doing very well.
It’s not that Right Care will have all the answers. I know several who have gone to Right Care- and still had to follow up at the hospital or traditional doctors’ offices. However, it seems to me to try the clinic first. It’s less expensive, the staff listens and sometimes that alone is enough to make one feel better.
If you stop in to Right Care in Lynnville- say hi to Chandler and Britney for me and then stop at the Soda Pop Junction for a burger and a milk shake. It makes for a nice afternoon no matter how you feel!