questionscan someone help me find a doctors office open…


@moondrake: Thanks! Now I feel a little useless for not finding them, but I am relieved to have what appear to be some options. Apparently my query was just a little off as google was not being nice to me with results.

ALSO: I haven't been on this site in like 8 months so it's extremely nice to see (at least a few) familiar helpful people around.


Always glad to help when I can. I have a knack for Google, my friends ask me to write them search strings when they are having trouble finding stuff.


Good luck finding a doctor.
Now that you have some that have hours per @ moondrake , the next thing is to make a good match.
When finding a new MD, I always ask if I can have a 'Meet and Greet " appointment. Usually 5-10min. Many will do this. Some will charge, some not. It gives you a chance to "kick the tires' so to speak. Have a list written out of a few questions to ask. Think about what you're needs are now and what you would want if knocks on wood you should ever have a serious issue.
It's important to have a good match and make sure it is someone you can work with. You don't want have to figure that stuff out when you are laid flat out and in need, w/ no other options easy to find.

I hope that you are well and only looking for preventive/routine care. But if you are sick, I hope you feel better soon !


@ceagee: Thanks for the advice. It's definitely nice to have these things figured out before they become urgent.

I am in a mixed health situation but I am not too concerned. I was in a car accident last weekend while on vacation (some vacation, guy pulled in front of my friends car on an icy highway without looking) and I just wanted to get a checkup. I feel fine except a little bruised feeling on my ribs. Doesn't bother me unless I really strain my chest/rib muscles and I assume it would just get better. But better safe than sorry, yada yada.

Also nice to see another familiar name as well.


@countdown: In 1994 I spent three days hobbling around on a "sprained" ankle. I could walk on it, so how bad could it be, right? Broken, that's how bad.

Two years ago my dogs pulled me off balance on the steps of our vacation rental cabin on the morning we were headed home. Badly sprained, I figured, so we set off on the 8-hour drive, which took us 11 hours because I was in such pain. Yes, my tibia was broken.

I'm a slow learner, but you can learn from me. Go see a doc.

By the way, you can also usually find weekend and evening hours by searching for "urgent care medical clinic Minneapolis St. Paul."

For instance: "We are physician staffed from 10 am - 8 pm Monday through Friday, and 12 pm - 6 pm Saturdays and Sundays. We are able to see children and adults of all ages. Most insurances are accepted. Please call 612-285-9996 for more information! Walk-ins Welcome!"


@magic cave: crazy.... that clinic is like across the street from me almost literally. I walk to that walgreens in their picture all the time... Thanks!

(I've never noticed there was a clinic there but I wasn't really looking for it, there is a hot yoga place in that part of the strip mall so I instinctively averted my eyes)

And again, yay for familiar faces on this site. I was sure this site would be dead.


@countdown: Nice to see you back! I'm delighted -- and totally flabbergasted -- that the sample I picked may be convenient for you.

Back when I had civilian insurance I found the urgent-care clinics to be very handy, since there's some Cosmic Rule of Life that says if you're going to need a doctor, it will be after regular office hours. Much quicker and cheaper than a hospital ER.

Let us know if you're okay, please.


@magic cave: cue twilight zone music Yes it was rather serendipitous for her to find one right there. I hope it works out.
Urgent care is great for things like what you are dealing w/ now. But most of the doctors come and go.
I think Still good idea to get a "regular" PCP. As said, better to find one while you are well then when you are too sick to vet them.

Hope it's nothing but a bruise. Keep us posted !


@ceagee: I absolutely concur that it's generally a good idea to have a "regular family doctor," especially if your family includes children or if someone has a recurring/chronic health issue, even if it's a mild one.

However, I'm not so sure it's that big a deal for youngish, healthy adults whose medical needs run along the lines of the occasional minor sprain, a bout of flu, or an ear infection. For many individuals and young families, contact with a clinician is likely to be once or twice a year at most, which means that "continuity of care" is not an issue. For them, an urgent care center with expanded hours and (often) lab and x-ray equipment on site may be the more suitable option.

Others' MMV, of course.


@magic cave @ceagee: ya, to be honest I never even realized that urgent care cost the same as a doctors visit (the word urgent always made me think it would cost more and was not what I needed since this is hardly urgent). I am originally Canadian so I never really had to worry about paying for a hospital visit or who was insured or not. Apparently I have been a little over-cautious since moving here about where I visit (the fact I have to worry about where my insurance is counted baffles me). I feel like I have no idea what I am doing here (which is probably true to a certain extent).

I'm planning on stopping by today after work. My regular hospital has an urgent care clinic (and its a full hospital so it will have all the facilities). Again, just never knew what the heck urgent care was for, I guess when I think of urgent, that probably means emergency room around here.


@countdown: "Urgent" is just a way of saying, "This can't wait next Tuesday." They can handle anything your primary care physician can, and they often have basic lab and x-ray facilities. They're generally about the same cost as a regular doctor's office, and much less expensive (and faster in-and-out) than an ER. They generally accept insurance, but you should check to see if your insurance company limits you to a specific group of urgent care facilities. (If not for today, then for future concerns.)

An "emergent" (yes, that's the correct term) problem is one that needs immediate attention: possible heart attack, sudden difficulty breathing, severe pain anywhere, significant wound or injury, loss of consciousness, trauma, etc. For those, you call 911 for help or go directly to the ER. Think in terms of "crisis!"

A friend in Calgary and I often compare notes. Like you, she's baffled by things here. You have no idea how much I wish the US had a Canadian-style health system.


Nothing in the X-Ray. Hopefully it just gets better.


@countdown: YAY! And thank you for letting us know. (The older I get, the more the Earth Mother response rises in me.)


For most nearly all things that people go to the ED for, an Urgent Care is a better option. EDs are the place if you are having crushing substernal chest pain, attempted to remove your arm with your new Woot chainsaw, fell headfirst off your Woot stepladder: stuff like that. Stuff that you probably should have called an ambulance for.

For most other things, like twisted ankles, sliced your finger open with your new Woot knife, annoyed your cat with the screaming monkey and she bit the hell out of your finger, you are far better off with an urgent care. They are equipped for acute problems, can handle most lacerations and simple fractures, can get you in and out quick, and generally cost the same as an office visit.