I went into the new Minute Clinic on 1960 (By Champions Forest) to get a refill on my inhaler. Typically I have gone to the Walgreens Clinic on 34th street, however, this one was really close to my work so I thought I could get it done over my lunch break and not have to juggle my 2 year old at a doctor's office.
When I was called in and questioned about why I was there (had gone two weeks prior because I was coming down with a cold and already had bronchitis and was given steroids and a nebulizer pack (to be taken every 4 hrs)). Anyway, I had only had a few puffs on my inhaler and over Thanksgiving they ran out. So I went in to get the refill on my rescue inhaler.
Let me start off by saying I've never felt like I've ever been in a situation that I have been harrassed about why I think I need an inhaler -- These are the questions I was asked: "The nebulizer pack is albuterol just like your inhaler...Do you know/understand that?" "How often were you taking the nebulizer's twice a day?" (Already relayed took as prescribed on the last visit) "Why do you need and inhaler when you already have the nebulizer treatment?" (Tried to explain that I can't plug my nebulizer in a work and do it there because I am on the phone all day plus there are lots of places where that equipment cannot be utilized easily). Having a rescue inhaler that isn't on "0" shouldn't be a crime, especially if someone is sitting there wheezing.
Overall it was a VERY bad experience. I walked out after being asked the above questions over 6 times each. I have asthma but I shouldn't have to be treated like I'm stealing anything to get a medication that greatly increases my standard of living.