Well today took a turn sideways. The junior member of the family woke up with an unmistakeable need to be seen by a family physician. Nothing too worrisome but we had to find a walk-in clinic.
I located the address of a walk-in clinic and then our adventure started. It turns out it wasn’t a “walk-in” clinic per se but the second floor of a mall with about 12 medical clinics all in a row. We arrived at the door of the first clinic and was greeted by a strident note instructing us to “REMOVE YOUR DIRTY BOOTS“. Entering the clinic in my stocking feet, I asked if the sickie could be seen only to be told that I could book an appointment for February 5th. Apparently, in this area – walk-in means walk-in and see if there has been a recent cancellation in the schedule of a physician who is taking new patients and is amenable to the idea of fitting another patient onto the list. In other words, take your filthy boots & your nasty germs and get out.
I walked the entire floor in my stocking feet holding my boots; it was mildly disconcerting. We ended up in Emerg.
The Canadian healthcare system is just as cumbersome here as anywhere.
Currently Reading: “Drop Dead Healthy” by A. J. Jacobs. Pretty ironic to be reading it in the Emerg Department. There is a very touching anecdote about Mr. Jacobs’ grandfather and Barack Obama Sr. I have loved this author ever since reading “The Year of Living Biblically” which hysterically documents his journey to enlightenment.
All told, the day is ending nicely – we are all cozied up together and cheering on the Canucks. Let’s go!