Tuesday, September 3, 2013

The Beach Trip of the Year....... the Jellyfish and a Giveaway


It was going to be the trip of the year. Plans were made, route was mapped, and bags were packed. Car was fully loaded, gas tank was full, dogs were brought to Doggie Daycare and we were on our way. Florida Coast here we come! It was the beach trip that my children had been looking forward to for 361 days.
 Does this ever happen to you.........You checked your list several times, think you have everything you need, just to find out when you get to your final destination ......you don't. 
Now I am not talking about the rad surf boards that my kids were going to be riding the waves on or the  99+ sunscreen that I slather all over the family to prevent that first day sunburn, or those cute Jack Roger sandals and the new sundress that I couldn't wait to wear with my sun kissed skin. See, I remembered all of that. It was on my list for the trip that I had planned all year.
What I didn't prepare for was the unexpected. The things that I couldn't have expected on that long awaited, 361 day anticipated Beach Vacation. Jellyfish. Yes, I said Jellyfish, and boy do they hurt. Did you know that a group of Jellyfish are referred to as a swarm or terror in the water? And that’s exactly what my son thought when he came in contact with them on our first day at the beach.
The picture above is my son before his Jellyfish encounter.
There are three things you should do when you are stung by Jellyfish. The first is to remain calm. This may be difficult if you are seven years old and have never been stung before. The second is to get out of the water. The third is to seek medical attention. Not knowing if this was a minor annoyance or life threatening emergency so we sought out medical care at a local Walgreens Healthcare Clinic. I was happy to see that this clinic was staffed with a knowledgeable physician assistant who treated my son with tenderness and care.  Luckily my son was not embedded with any stingers and they were able to administer the appropriate first aid to him and make him smile. Important outcomes to any mom  or dad.



So now that you know how to treat Jellyfish stings, here are a few things that you may not know about Walgreens Healthcare Clinics.
  • Walgreens Healthcare Clinics are staffed with licensed and board certified Nurse Practitioners who can help you manage and monitor a chronic condition such as hypertension, diabetes, asthma or high cholesterol. 
  • Are staffed with physician assistants.
  •  Can serve as a regular checkpoint for health monitoring and care.
  •  Are conveniently located at a select Walgreens store near you.
  •  Are open 7 days a week with weekend and evening hours.
  •  Appointments are available, but walk-ins are fine.
  •  Accept most forms of insurance.
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Good luck.....See you at the beach.


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101 comments:

Danni Baird said...

Ouch! I love watching the jelly fish from the deck of a cruise ship...not where I'm swimming! Glad everything turned out okay...I hear they are really painful! Your pics are beautiful! I guess I could use convenient health care when my allergies hit every fall..like now!

Bliss said...

Weekends. That would be the time we always seem to need convenient care, when our clinic is closed. Besides, everyone knows kids wait till the weekend to need medical care for that very reason.

Bliss Member of the Jellyfish Sting Club Encounter - Malibu, Summer of '74

Scat said...

Awe, your poor little boy. That's no fun.
I could use healthcare with any of my diabetes questions. So glad it's available!

Calypso In The Country said...

We've had many jellyfish stings over the years - not fun! The poor kid! I love your photos though and overall it looked like a great time! I use convenient healthcare for minor things and last year when my doctor was out of flu shots, I got mine at a pharmacy.
-Shelley

Nancy Carr said...

I will use the Walgreen's Healthcare for my flu shot and to help monitor my vitals. Love your blog and also love Walgreen's. nancythedove@aol.com

Laura Strack said...

Your poor baby boy! Did he go back into the water? They say that Jelly fish are usually more prevalent at certain times of the year, so something to always consider when planning a swim at the beach. Good to know about Walgreen's! I didn't know that they may staff a PA! There are so many minor illness and injuries, i.e. poison ivy, bee stings, allergies, etc., and sometimes you just want to get self assurance about the treatment. Visiting Walgreen's would be so convenient. Thanks for sharing.

dianne anderson said...

I plan to use Walgreen's Healthcare for winter colds that always seem to sneak up on me!

Terri said...

Walgreens is convenient...their hours and the fact that they are right down the road ... right in the neighborhood!!! So glad they were able to help you guys out!!!!!

Sandy A said...

Glad your son is OK--not a fun thing to happen to a child. Allergy season would be one time--also with five Grandchildren someone always needs to have something checked out...

Refresh Renew said...

When could I use convenient healthcare? When my daughter all of a sudden has a horrible earache and cannot hear and it is Saturday of Labor Day weekend. That would be a nice time.... :o)-aimee

Teresa said...

This is awesome.
Definetly some people I'll be adding to my prayers... that you study to do a great job is nothing short of awesomeness but to put your heart into it is someting we should support. Thank you for sharing!
Jellyfish are common in our waters so what your Handsome Prince endured wasn't a walk by the beach. Be Brave Little One! Always!!!

Donnamae said...

Wow...hope your son has recovered! I wish Walgreens had that service when my children were little. I would use it now if we were on vacation in a strange city. In the mean time, I could get my flu shot there! ;)

NanaDiana said...

Your poor son- what an awful way to start a vacation.

I'll tell you when I used Walgreen's Healthcare in an emergency. When I got news last winter in February that my brother was seriously ill I started driving in a snowstorm with my daughter- almost 900 miles. I could not even seen the interstate lines most of the last 100 miles we traveled. We pulled over at almost midnight and I had a horrible UTI. I went to the ONLY 24 hour drugstore (we found out later-withing 80 some miles) and they called my doctor and got my prescription and I was given the meds and out the door in less than an hour. I don't know how I would have made the rest of the trip the next day without their help.
Blessings-Hope you have a wonderful week- xo Diana

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Jellyfish stings are the worst!!!...I remember Diana Nyad having to stop her swim from Cuba to Key West due to the horrible Jellyfish....The creation of such facilities as Walgreens staffing PA's or Nurse Practitioners is the greatest thing!...So glad that you found them to help your son with the stings!...

kellyr78 said...

I would use the Walgreens Healthcare Clinic when my kids get a sinus infection or strep throat during the school year. I would love the convenience of this clinic & not having the wait of a doctor's appt.

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kellyr78 said...

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chedeb5353 said...

When out of town and get sick. Debra chedeb5353@hotmail.com

Mason Jar Love said...

Convenient healthcare is my middle name! It's definitely our go to for minor cuts and bruises. An occasional pink eye breakout. And absolutely for flu shots!

:) Linda

Mami2jcn said...

It would come in handy on weekends when the pediatrician's office is closed.

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Mami2jcn said...

tweet:

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Elena said...

I would use it to get flu shots and if I get sick on weekends

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Elena said...

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Claudia N said...

I would use the walgreens clinic when going to my clinic to see my doctor is too far from home and my illness can be prescibed with walgreens clinic. Thank you for the chance to win!

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Claudia N said...

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Lisa Brown said...

I could you use convenient healthcare when my seasonal allergies start up every year.
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Lisa Brown said...

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clc408 said...

I would use the clinic for cholesterol screening between doctor visits.

clc408 said...

Tweet
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GinaE said...

For flu shots, definitely!

StephanieC said...

when i need to get a flu shot! scg00387 at yahoo dot com

StephanieC said...

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Gina Wildorchid said...

I would use it to get my flu shot for sure!


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Brady and Amber said...

I would use convienent healthcare on the weekends or nights when everyone seems to get sick and things seem much worse than they are :)

susan1215 said...

I would use Walgreens Healthcare Clinic to get flu shots, school physical or when I get sick on weekends and my doctor’s office is closed.

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susan1215 said...

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One Frugal Girl said...

I’d use it when we are on vacation and not near any of our regular doctors.

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One Frugal Girl said...

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Madeline B said...

I think I'd mainly use if for the flu shot or if I needed to see the doctor but had trouble getting an appt. without taking off from work.
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Madeline B said...

Tweet link: https://twitter.com/shala_darkstone/status/376429023254941696

JC said...

I could use convenient healthcare when something comes up such as sesonal allergy and needed immediate attention.
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JC said...

-https://twitter.com/tcarolinep/status/376915121794056192

rachel said...

When I couldn't get into the doctor

Tina said...

I use Walgreens Healthcare to get flu shots and allergy medicine
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Tina said...

https://twitter.com/HappyTina0115/status/377560919401709568
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Neiddy Ruiz said...

I would visit the Walgreens Healthcare clinic when I get the flu shot or if any minor injuries occur
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Neiddy Ruiz said...

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Elizabeth R said...

We could really use a convenient health clinic when my grandmother gets sick on the weekend - her doctors are never available after hours.

Elizabeth R said...

I Tweeted: https://twitter.com/SavingForLater/status/378610904671084544

chambanachik said...

I would love to use it for flu shots, and when my family gets those little bugs that go around this time of year.

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D Schmidt mummytotwoboys said...

I think I would use it when away from home, when it’s not really an emergency and I need advice and for flu shots.
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D Schmidt mummytotwoboys said...

Tweeted
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Kerry said...

It would be great when you know you just have a simple illness that only needs a prescription – I’m thinking pink eye, we’re there!
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Kerry said...

tweeted: https://twitter.com/KerryBishop/status/381397407637856256
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EliB123 said...

I'd use convenient healthcare for minor things.
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EliB123 said...

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Janice said...

I would use them for flu shots or advise on a bump or bruise
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Janice said...

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marcia goss said...

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marcia goss said...

I would use this when it's time for a flu shot.
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Nicole Larsen said...

I would use it for the flu shot and also on the weekends for colds when regular doctors aren't open!

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amramazon280 said...

i could use it for my son and my own flu shot

amramazon280 said...

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Rebecca Graham said...

When I need a flu shot or on weekends.

amramazon280 said...

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ms-texas said...

i tweeted here:

https://twitter.com/bellows22/status/382727356978184192

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ms-texas said...

i would use it when I can't get in with my primary doctor

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Robin Wilson said...

I would use it when it was not urgent and I can't get into the doctor. I also just used it while waiting on a Rx and got my flu shot!

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Robin Wilson said...

tweet: https://twitter.com/Zuzuz_Petalz/status/382808364582854657

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amramazon280 said...

https://twitter.com/pinoysugarplum/status/382893046490083328

Amy said...

Good to know this is so convenience! I can always use convenient healthcare. The Dr. office for my kids always have a long wait and we always have to schedule an appointment for a few weeks out.


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Amy said...

tweeted:
https://twitter.com/uTry_it/status/382935253582495744

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amramazon280 said...

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Harmony Burmeister said...

I would use it when Im sick because with 3 kids I never get to the doctors
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Harmony Burmeister said...

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Betty C said...

If there was a Walgreens with this service in my area I would use it for all those little things that really don't need a doctor, like a prescription refill that needs an authorization or the usual colds and allergies that seem to pop up after hours.

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MCantu1019 said...

I could use it late nights or weekends.
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Erica Best said...

on the weekend when it seem all kids get sick at night

Erica Best said...

https://twitter.com/purplelover04/status/384061923924275200

ewhatley said...

flu shot and check blood pressure

meredith m said...

I would use it when traveling

meredith m said...

https://twitter.com/mermont84/status/384455832592584704

Lisa Garner said...

Walgreen Clinics would be great for any possible sports injuries that are not serious enough to go to the ER that my children might ever receive during an evening or weekend game.
lisalmg25 at gmail dot com

Lisa Garner said...

I Tweeted: https://twitter.com/lisalmg/status/384480377437315072

ellie said...

I would go for flu shots, other immunizations, and sore throat or UTI visits.

ellie said...

tweeted
https://twitter.com/eswright18/status/384503068668080128

MANDY83 said...

To get a flu shot!

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MANDY83 said...

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angie lilly said...

I totally would use it. I would prefer it to an urgent care location too. I would not, however, use it to replace my regular doctor.
Angie
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angie lilly said...

I tweeted here: https://twitter.com/MsTofuFairy/status/384709970291212288
Angie
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Tabathia said...

After business hours, weekends and when I can get an immediate appointment

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Thomas Murphy said...

I would use it to get a flu shot.

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Tabathia said...

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Thomas Murphy said...

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slehan said...

I'll use the Walgreens Healthcare Clinic that's 3 blocks from my house to get a flu shot.
Thanks for the contest.

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slehan said...

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Mari said...

I’d use the clinic to check my blood pressure and to monitor my skin condition. It would be convenient during cold season as well.
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Mari said...

https://twitter.com/LuckyDuckyToo/status/384817652515889152
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Whitney said...

I would use the Walgreens healthcare centers to get my flu shot each year!

Whitney said...

https://twitter.com/electricstar/status/384851846898012160

Michelle Spayde said...

I've heard about so many jellyfish stings this year! Ouch!
I would use them for common illnesses, as well as small accidents. I'd much rather go there than sit around in a packed doctor's office!

spayde.michelle AT gmail.com

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