And The Verdict Is…

Go to the doctor at the grocery store. 

It’s totally worth it.

I showed up at the grocery store yesterday at 8:30 am with my 4-year-old, as you may recall, for his preschool physical, which I almost forgot to get done before he started school today (*see note below).

The grocery store?  You may ask?

Yes.  The $29 plus NO tax doctor at the grocery store. 

A flat, even $29 bucks.  That’s it.

Before I go any further, I’d like you to know that I have NO affiliation with Kroger, King Soopers or The Little Clinic, except that I buy some groceries there.  To be exact, they have an affiliation with my debit card.  Not me.

Side note:  While I’m writing this, I can hear Cool Runnings playing downstairs on the VCR (yes.  VCR.  Stop laughing.)  Sanka just said, “Ya, well my grandfatha said GET BACK TO WORK!”  I might have a hard time concentrating while I’m writing.  Forgive me.

Back on track now.  For a minute.

We showed up at The Little Clinic.  We were greeted by a really friendly lady at the front desk…actually more like a podium thing big enough fit a small computer on.  She told us to sign in over there.

In the corner, using a touch screen to fill out my son’s information.  It took about 5 minutes.

Since we were the first ones there, we had no wait.  No turning in the registration form and hearing, Thankyou, now I’ll need a copy of your insurance card and your ID, and we’ll get the chart ready and we’ll call you back as soon as the doctor’s ready.

None of the usual falderal.  Just a bright smile and:  OK!  Come on in!

An oversized closet with all the usual doctor’s office stuff in it.  The stethoscope around her neck.  The black and silver pokey-look-in-your-ear-and-up-your-nose-and-in-your-eyes-thing and the digital thermometer.  The white walls and the bed with the paper rolled out on it and the cabinets and the stainless steel sink with the antibacterial soap right on the wall.

The difference, I found out?  This one costs $29.  The other one costs $260.

Valerie, I found out, is a proud Nurse Practitioner.  I learned, Nurse Practitioners can do everything a doctor can do except surgery.  I’m not sure I’d go to the grocery store anyway if I needed surgery.

But then again, I never thought I’d even go to the bank at the grocery store.  Ya never know.

So, Valerie E. Joyce, FNP-BC, completed my son’s physical.  She did all the usual things.  Except that she spent a LONG time answering all of my questions.  She, although I’m sure she knew that the wait out in the front of the closet was getting long, did not seem rushed at all.  She even agreed to pose for a picture.

She even said I could say all this stuff about her.

Oh, another thing, when it was over, and we were still in the exam room, she said, “That’ll be $29!”  I handed her my debit card.  She swiped it right there and handed me a receipt.  She did not hand me that big piece of paper with all those codes and words on it and she did not tell me, “Just take this to the front desk and they’ll get you checked out.” 

She also called the prescription in to the pharmacy.  That I had to walk 50 feet to get to.

Now.  It’s not all $29 roses, though.  It’s $29 if it’s a school or sports physical.  But, if you’re sick, it’s $69.  Still not bad though.  Especially for those of us that don’t have insurance.  AND, if you DO have insurance, you just pay your deductible and they bill the insurance for the rest.

So, in conclusion:  Drink raw milk.  Eat fresh eggs.  Grow an organic garden.  Raise a couple goats if you can.  Go to the doctor at the grocery store.

–  The Goat Cheese Lady

*  It was not until we showed up at my son’s first day of school today to an empty classroom that I learned school doesn’t start till Monday.  I hold true to my claim that I was misinformed inadvertently by someone who seemed to know what they were talking about.  Except I can’t remember who.  Or when.

About The Goat Cheese Lady

I am Lindsey. At first I was a city girl. Growing up, the closest thing I had to farm animals were a cat and a cockatiel. In 2009, Herbert (my husband) and I bought our first milk goat and I instantly became an urban farmgirl, attempting to balance city and farm life..before I knew “urban homesteading” was a thing. That’s when we began The Goat Cheese Lady Farm, hence The Goat Cheese Lady blog you’re visiting now. After moving to the country in 2014, I embarked on life as a rural farmgirl. We continued teaching farm and cheesemaking classes, raising more goats and began construction on our cheese creamery. But life had other plans and in 2017, we decided that, due to financial and health issues, we had to close the farm for business. No more classes, no more creamery, a lot less milking. We went back to off farm jobs, I as an Occupational Therapist, Herbert in construction with his business, D&A Home Remodeling. At that point, I made a silent promise to myself that I would corral my entrepreneurial mind and focus on a job for a year. Well, it has been a year and I am back. Not to classes, cheese, soap or lotion, but back to writing. I love it. I’m not sure where it will lead me, but that’s where I’m starting. I’ll continue to write as The Goat Cheese Lady for now, and whatever the future holds, I’ll let you know. Our two boys are 14 and 11 and continue to be louder than my sister and I ever were. We have two dogs, Montaña and Flash, a cat, Jumpy, a flock of chickens and three goats. Yes, we still have Lucy, the goat who helped us start it all and was milked by over 1,000 people. She’s retired but still the boss. Chocolate provides enough milk for our family with some to spare for the dogs. Soccer friends, school friends, coyotes and mice are frequent visitors. There are way too many flies and every so often we see an owl. I’m glad you’re here. Sometimes you’ll laugh out loud, other times you’ll be inspired to appreciate the small things. My hope is that, over your morning cup of coffee or your afternoon work break, you’ll enjoy the antics and inspiration that are my daily life. Lindsey
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1 Response to And The Verdict Is…

  1. Ginger says:

    Wow! Who knew! Without your blog I wouldn’t have thought twice about using a Grocery store Nurse, so Thank you!

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