Last night my 8 year old daughter started complaining of a sore throat, headache and both ears hurting. As all parents do, I felt her head...a little warm. I took her temp..100.3. I have her some tylenol and sent her to bed. Approximately 3am, she woke me up crying....ear hurting, headache. I gave her ibuprofen and benadryl...I know i'm a bad mom, but it was 3am! I also call in to work. Around 8 I started calling the pediatrician........"sorry, can't see her today". I considered abusing the ER docs....(which i've done numerous times), and having one of them check her out, but we made our treck to the walk-in clinic. Only 5 people in the waiting room.....shouldn't be too long. Two hours later....we are called to a room. Keep in mind that was two hours of constant whining with the occasional bout of tears. Once in the room I ask the nurse how many doctors are seeing patients today.......she replies 2. I'm thinking to myself "what's up with the 2 hour wait then?" but i hold my tongue. I've been on the receiving end of this too often. After sitting in the room for an additional 30 minutes, the doc comes in, very nice, curtious woman. As i suspected....raging otitis media and very red and swollen tonsils. Scripts in had i head to the cashier..........."that will be $71.00" she says with a smile. Considering we had never been to this particular clinic, we paidnew patient price. I left thinking........"next time, if we can't get in to see our doc.....we are abusing the ER" Sorry, just had to rant!