Saturday, August 20, 2011

Stories from the pharm

Procrastination on school work really gets me blogging it seems. Can you blame me? Who has the time to blog when there's all this free time lying around for mischievous antics anyhow? I have so many classes this term, I am starting to wonder why I took 2 electives and threw in some research for kicks. I've been throwing in some hours at work before the fun really starts with exams. That way I can at least eat for a few more weeks once I start working less haha.

People are nuts. We had a guy yell at one of my techs for 20 minutes that we kept filling his mom's prescriptions when she had months worth at home. Screaming that we were taking advantage of a poor blind woman.

First off... I've seen this woman DRIVE to the pharmacy. Oh good god, she's blind?! Second, she CALLS us every month to refill her medications. This leads us to believe she's taking it as directed... and not stocking up for the next nuclear holocaust. Then suddenly it's our fault and that we should know and keep track of her medication. How exactly are we supposed to know what she has at home? We only have the last fill date to go by. Take care of your own mother, or hire someone to do it for you.

Then we have "why isn't it ready yet?" man for a compounded medication. Look man, if you don't call us to make it for you, we are NOT going to make it. Those have short expiration dates, we are not fortune tellers (because if we were we surely would be working for Ms. Cleo instead of dealing with this) so you need to tell us if you need something filled. Secondly, when we compound something it means we actually have to make it. No it's not going to take 5 minutes. Dissolving 30 capsules of lansoprazole in sodium bicarbonate has to be one of the most excruciating and annoying compounds to make. Well, aside from suppositories. By the way, I make some gorgeous suppositories, almost seems like a waste that it's just gonna get shoved up someone's ass. Well, ok, the ones I hate making the most are capsules.

Then there's also dealing with the new kid. I swear he types with one finger and has to think about each and every single letter before he presses the key. He also doesn't properly notate prescriptions, or scans them into the system. He's been around for 2 months. Writing a date of birth on the script and scanning it should be second nature by now. He may as well be counting by 1's at the rate that he fills. He also seems to have difficulty putting away drugs in the right place. This kid is killing me. He walked around for 5 minutes asking us 3 times for permission to go home. It just ended with me pleading for him to just leave. As soon as he leaves... still busy... but somehow we manage to get it under control. He's a nice kid, but he's gonna be the death of me.

I love my job, I really do. But days like these just make me want to slam my head into a wall.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Happy school year!

Ok, so when I'm NOT in school there is this stuff called "free time" that I get to utilize. That stuff is amazing and rather addicting. It also paves the way for such social activities as drink until you get a fatty liver, or read to your hearts content. Now we all know what most of the general population will do...

Well, in my case I do a bit of it all. I throw in a lot of TV time too (which is where I got this blog title... stupid delicious wheaties). As I gear up for another school year I feel terrified and daunted by the dreaded "second year". Will my fatty liver recover in time for after exam drink-a-thons to forget that horror that just passed? Will I ever catch up on these TV shows that I just discovered?? (probably not)

I'm going to bet good money that any new rx ads that come up on TV after I start school will become a patient question. I hadn't watched tv in years until this past summer. I had a patient come up to me and as a question about a "commercial she saw last year" for an OTC med about a "purple pill" and if I've heard of it. Having not watched TV in a while I and racked my brain for this magical purple pill I asked for more details.

What is this medication for?


Umm... If you don't know what it's for, or what you want it to treat... I'm going to go with you don't need to put this mystical pill into your body. Have a grape lollipop instead.

Ah... I can't wait.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Wait, it's August?!

I looked at my watch today and saw that it was August 1st. What the... where did July go? Where did my summer go? My lack of updates is really just because my life has not been all that interesting.

I've read about 7 books this summer. Yes, I'm a nerd, but hey I've loved it. Whenever life gets too demanding and I really just can't handle any more social events, I like to lock myself in a room and just read. It's not that I don't like social events. I love hanging out with my friends, but some days I just need to be alone. I read the entire Hunger Games trilogy- which was amazing. I read the trilogy in about 4 days. It would have been 3 had work not intervened. Haha. I've watched a ton of movies and I've had a lot of cuddle time with my pup. It's been a nice summer.

See? This is why I haven't updated... I have nothing interesting to say! I'll stop wasting your time now ;)