Mardi Gras 2015 is officially in full swing, and New Orleans is filled with happy citizens and tourists all looking for a good time.
Unfortunately, as many have experienced, our favorite season of excess can quickly turn into a nasty medical emergency. Speak with anyone who has lived through at least one Mardi Gras season in New Orleans, and they’ll have a story about themselves, or someone they know, taking a nasty spill or a coconut to the yapper.
At Urgent Care MD on Harrison in Lakeview, and on Canal in Mid-City, we want to make sure you know what to watch out for, and where to go if you need medical help in a hurry.
Here are the top 3 reasons why you might (hopefully not) visit an Urgent Care MD near you.
1. INJURIES FROM OUR FAVORITE THROWS
One second you’re shouting “throw me something mista!”, the next you’re waking up on the street with a Superdome sized bruise on your cheek and a high heel at your side.
According to the Healthcare Journal of New Orleans, “the most common type of injury directly related to Mardi Gras activities is eye injuries.” Mardi Gras float riders throw all sorts of insane objects, which is exactly what makes watching a parade so fun. Unfortunately (especially after a cocktail), you don’t always see them coming.
At Urgent Care MD, our emergency room trained doctors are ready to take on any sort of injury in a hurry. When it comes to your dome, it’s never the greatest idea to self diagnose. Web MD says, “Undiagnosed injuries that don’t receive proper care can cause long-term disability and impairment.”
Whether a bruise to the noggin, a knocked out tooth, or a poked eye, Urgent Care MD’s ER trained staff will patch you up and get you back out on the parade route as fast as possible.
2. TOO MUCH MARDI GRAS IN DAT CUP
Look, let’s not beat around the keg. A fair amount of adult beverages are consumed during Mardi Gras. In fact, back in 2009, a Tulane study found that there was a “$2.6 million spike in sales of alcoholic beverages” during Carnival season.
Hopefully, by the time Mardi Gras 2015 is over, your bar tab doesn’t add up to 2.6 million dollars.
Drinking alcohol in moderation is always what the doctor ordered. If, for some reason, you wake up one morning not feeling 100%, Urgent Care MD offers a few different ways to help you bounce back.
IV fluid replacement therapy is a very popular way to try and treat the daiquiri dips. Walk in to an Urgent Care MD location, get hooked up, and in 45 minutes to an hour, you’ll hopefully feel like new person. Urgent Care MD also offers B12 shots and a variety of other methods to help give your body a Mardi Gras boost.
This goes without saying, if you plan on drinking during Mardi Gras, please arrange a designated driver or other travel arrangements. Drinking and driving is the absolute dumbest way to send yourself or someone else to the hospital. Please, be safe, don’t drive, and drink in moderation.
3. TRIPS, SLIPS, FALLS, SCRAPES, AND BREAKS
Year round, the streets of New Orleans aren’t in the greatest shape (vast understatement). Factor in people, floats, beads, and cups crowding sidewalks and roads, New Orleans during Mardi Gras is one big slip n slide. Also, Carnival season is filled with crazy masks, hats, and costumes. Combine the cracked streets, poor lighting, and something covering your eyeballs, and you’re bound to trip over a busted curb.
Again, our expert doctors and staff are emergency room technicians. Should something unfortunate happen during your favorite parade, hitch a ride on the back of a float to an Urgent Care MD location near you.
Urgent Care MD has two locations in New Orleans. In Lakeview at 826 Harrison Ave. Ste A, and in Mid-City at 2525 Canal St. Our emergency room trained staff is foregoing partying for Mardi Gras in order to make sure you have a spot to head to in case of a medical emergency.
Remember, drink in moderation, watch where you’re going, and keep your head on a swivel! Be safe and have a happy Mardi Gras 2015!
From your friends at Urgent Care MD.