I never thought of myself as an addict, but I did end up addicted to anti-anxiety medication after developing Generalized Anxiety Disorder. At some point, the medicine stopped being a way to deal with the nervousness and panic attacks, and became something my body craved. I knew that I needed help fast. Fortunately, a local drug rehab program includes support for people like me. They helped me wean off the medication, use methods like massage therapy to help my nerves heal, and even provided ongoing counseling for our family. I don't know how I would have made it without their help. If you suspect that your medication has crossed the line from being helpful to hurtful, take heart. Let me tell you about my journey out of addiction and back to wholeness.
Are you the parent of one or more children? Do you worry about what to do when your child becomes sick or injured? In the past, you either would have had to make an appointment with your child's pediatrician and hope that they could get you in quickly or else you would have had to deal with an expensive bill for an emergency room visit.
Thankfully, there is a third option now: visiting an urgent care facility. Because they're not handling serious things like heart attacks like an ER, you generally won't have to wait very long. And because they don't do appointments like a standard doctor's office, you can see the doctor on the same day that an issue arises. But if you've never been to such a place before, you may be wondering exactly what they can do. Some things include the following.
1. Broken bones & sprains: Although an urgent care facility isn't equipped to deal with compound fractures or fractures that would otherwise require surgery, they can still deal with many broken bones or sprains. If X-ray images show that there is something more serious going on, they will send you to the nearest hospital. Otherwise, they will give your child a cast or a brace, as necessary, and send you on your way.
2. Childhood illnesses: Some children seem to be especially prone to sickness, picking up a new germ every time you turn around. Unfortunately, it's not always easy for the average person to determine whether a child has yet another harmless cold or something more serious. The doctors and nurses at an urgent care facility will be able to look at your child's symptoms and to provide either cough medicine or some other treatment depending on what is actually ailing him or her.
3. Immunizations: While you should generally rely on your child's pediatrician for the various childhood immunizations, in order to be sure that your child is on schedule, there may be times when it's necessary to do otherwise. If your child should get a non-life-threatening cut or a puncture wound, an urgent care facility can not only provide antibiotics and stitches, they can also provide a booster tetanus shot just in case. This will prevent your child from developing tetanus from the injury later.
Tetanus is a serious bacterial infection that may present with non-specific symptoms such as simply being "sore" until it ultimately leads to paralysis and potentially death. Fortunately, with a booster shot and the correct antibiotics, your child's chances of getting tetanus should be extremely small.Share