I had an epiphany last week: I’ve let myself go.
Okay, let’s put aside all the superficial points, like the fact that I sometimes look like I got dressed in the dark. (hee hee).
I’m talking about the important stuff, like the fact that I had been suffering from painful heart burn for the past 8 months without alerting a healthcare professional. Aaaaaand the fact that my stomach looks like I’m entering my 2nd trimester of pregnancy and I’m not even pregnant.
Being a mom of 3, a full-time employee, and a “wanna-be-successful” blogger, I’ve become so focused on trying to meet the demands of my busy schedule that I haven’t been taking care of my health. Getting away from work during the day to go to my primary care for routine screenings and check-ups has taken the back seat. As a result, I have lost touch with my health (including my appearance!). I’m ready to do something about it.
Medical Care Made Easy: Walgreens Healthcare Clinic
So when #CollectiveBias gave me the opportunity yesterday to visit one of the Walgreens healthcare clinics in Washington D.C. (#HealthcareClinic) after work for some health screenings (and to see if it was an easy, convenient option for families), I jumped at the opportunity!
The healthcare clinic was open until 7:00 p.m. (unlike my primary care, which closes by 4 p.m. before I get off work). This was a huge convenience factor for me, because I didn’t have to leave work during the day and miss out on meetings and important calls (I’m a government contractor by day, blogger extraordinaire by night).
Let’s Talk Location and Cost
Thankfully there are two locations within 20 minutes of my job (located in Washington, DC). There are over 400 locations, though! I only hope that there will be more locations coming soon, because I sincerely love the convenience of the clinics! And I was surprised that the cost of the screenings and treatments may be covered by insurance. Even if it’s not, the cost is pretty inexpensive, which is great for budget-minded people like us that don’t like paying a lot for stuff!
Stopping in without an appointment to get screened for high blood pressure, diabetes, cholesterol, and (gasp!!) my body fat percentage was quick (it took all of 30 minutes), and for only $65, I was able to get a quick snapshot of how I’m doing, health-wise.
Not only were results available within 10 minutes (who know you could get cholesterol readings in, like, 10 minutes?!?!), but I liked that the healthcare provider sat down and explained what the results meant. And because there was no other patients there (he said they get about 2-3 people per week coming in for screenings), he didn’t have to rush out to see the next walk-in. It was much quicker than waiting in a crowded lab or at my primary care doctor’s office, that’s for sure!
So, Am I Healthy??
Thankfully, most of my labs were good…..howeeeevvverrr…..my healthy HDL cholesterol could really stand to go up a little bit. The other cholesterol results were sparkling! 🙂 My blood pressure was good. As for my body fat content??? Ummm……yeah. That needs a little work!!
No More Excuses
With convenient places like Walgreens healthcare clinics cropping up, there’s really no excuse for not taking care of myself. Being able to walk in with no appointment needed, 7 days a week, and after work, it’s time to take advantage of easy healthcare options.
Going forward, I’m putting my health first!
I’ve since started an exercise program, vowing to not to let my busy schedule kill me :). I’m walking during lunch, and when I can get it in, doing some exercise at home. Don’t be surprised if you see more health-related posts here on Thrift Diving. Life can’t be all about DIY, right?? I’ve got to start paying attention to how I’m doing physically and not just how I’m doing creatively :).
So my lovely 4-year old grabbed my phone and snapped this awful pic of me on the floor, in a fit of sweat, gasping for air, during one of my recent exercise sessions.
And with that, hopefully that picture will inspire you. HA! 🙂
Did you know that Walgreens has convenient healthcare clinics? And do busy schedules get in the way of YOU taking care of YOUR health, too? Leave a comment below!