Megan was in pain. She had spent half of last night in the Emergency Room with terrible back pain. She had blood tests, urine tests, and a CT scan, finally being diagnosed with a kidney stone. She was told that her urine looked terrible. She figured that meant she had an infection, but no one gave her an antibiotic. She was simply told that if she developed a fever, she should return to the ER. Now she had a fever and was feeling achy. Didn’t the ER staff realize how time-consuming and expensive it was to go to the ER? And she sure didn’t feel like leaving her house.
She had always heard kidney stone pain compared to labor pains. Oh, people were right about that. But at least if she gave birth, she would have a prized child at the end of the ordeal. With this pain, she might pass a chunk of stone if she were lucky.
The ER doctor had told her to use Tylenol or Ibuprofen for her pain. How the heck was that going to help this terrible ache in her back? Once again, she had been told if she had pain, that she should return to the ER.
She was SO grateful for Dr. Herrington, who had been communicating with her throughout the day. They had been texting back and forth, using the secure messaging app, Spruce. Dr. Herrington was surprised Megan hadn’t been prescribed an antibiotic or Flomax, another medicine commonly prescribed for kidney stones. And when it came to pain control, she definitely should have something stronger available. Dr. H sent all those prescriptions to the pharmacy, and Megan’s husband was on his way to pick them up.
Megan laid back on the couch, trying to relax. Oh yes, she was glad she and her family had become patients of Pine Creek Family Medicine’s DPC (Direct Primary Care) practice. For a monthly fee, all their office visits and communications were included. No co-pays or hidden fees. This kidney stone was just one of many times she had reached out to Dr. Herrington for prompt personalized medical care.