Going to the Prophet for my Annual Physical

I was taken aback when the nurse told me, “If you need a wellness exam in December, your only choice is going to Mohammed.” I found this declaration to be disturbing—particularly when she asked for my religion while filling out the practice’s prospective patient form. What choice did I have? Multiple doctors recommended by people I’ve met here have no open appointments until April 2015. I took the date and was greatly relieved to learn that I would be going to Mahomet, a suburb of Champaign, to see Doctor Nelson. Whew. Crossed “burka” and “veil” off my shopping list.

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