I got it the “bug.” Don’t worry; it’s not the flu or bronchitis (not yet anyway).
I got what everyone seems to be getting these days: a cold.
The common cold spreads like wildfire every spring semester. Teachers are sick, students are sick, and there’s nothing to do about it but bitch and cough or so you thought.
Student Health Services, located in the lower level of Mitten Hall, is one of the often-overlooked treasures of Temple University.
Visits are free to all Temple students, and a Student Health Fee taken out of your tuition provides all enrolled students with basic health care.
The doctors are informative and helpful. They will outline exactly what a certain drug does and how frequently to take it.
Great importance is placed on health education. These people really do care about your well-being.
And the best part is, it’s cheap!
On my most recent visit, I got a tag team dosage of Robitussin and Humibid for only $9. That’s my kind of treatment.
Many other medications from Benadryl to Cipro are available from the Dispensary for lower than prescription prices. There is also a “self care” counter where students can get quick, free medicine for minor ailments such as a headaches or small cuts.
One warning: Call ahead to make an appointment (215-204-7500). Unless it’s an emergency (hand get sawed off recently?), the receptionists don’t take kindly to pushy walk-ins. The best way to make things run smoothly is to schedule an appointment and get there early.
Save yourself and your classmates a lot of agony: when you are not feeling well, go to Student Health Services as quickly as possible.
Whether you have a life-threatening disease or just a cold, it’s best to play it safe.
Stay healthy people.
Neal Ramirez can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org