The Pharmacy Chick

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Dump Glumetza and hang their reps.

Filed under: Uncategorized — pharmacychick at 8:32 pm on Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Got anybody on Glumetza?   Have you checked their price lately?  Ya might want to consider that.  I just had my patient refill his Glumetza and it seemed awfully strange that the price basis for his claim went from 715.00 ( already stupidly expensive for metformin) to a whopping 4200.00!   Yes Four Thousand dollars for a one month supply of glumetza.  I checked the cost in our wholesaler and sure enough the bottle was $6333.00. His insurance rejected the claim as cost exceeds maximum and declined to override it.

enough already. Whose idea on a conference room table brought that to fruition?

Check your records.  Call your patients. and hang Glumetza out to dry.

 

Uncommon Sense

Filed under: Uncategorized — pharmacychick at 9:34 pm on Monday, July 6, 2015

Common sense isn’t so common anymore.  I think its pretty true that we can all cite examples of where something so bloody obvious to one is oblivious to another.  Silly me, but I would think that putting a firework MORTAR on my head and lighting it would be pretty stupid but not one but TWO people killed themselves on July 4 2015 by doing just that…TWO people.. really. I guess they tie for 2015 Darwin award.

Even more mundane is the lack of common sense in our daily lives.  At home, at work, wherever. I have this guy, nice guy really, but has no sense what so ever about prioritizing what is important to be done.  He calls me 24 hours before departing for a trip to Europe to fill a half dozen scripts and half of them need to be either ordered or get authorization from the physician.  I did the ones I could and told him he was S.O.L. on the rest unless he could magically make drugs appear. And, this isn’t isolated.  Happens almost weekly during the year.

My tech,  great guy normally but a little sketchy when it comes to remembering to scan his badge before coming to work, leaving work and going to lunch.  Bear in mind..this is how you get paid…” Sam,  you want  a paycheck right?..yes yes of course I do… in order to get a pay check you need to tell the company that you are ONSITE…and you do that by scanning your badge.If you don’t scan your badge, you don’t earn money. Simple as that. And if you ask for the company to correct a mistake from last week by fixing it THIS week, they take it from THIS weeks labor money and you get fewer hours anyway..because we cannot afford you this week because they are fixing last week. really? Yes Really.SCAN YOUR BADGE.  He still forgets.

My other tech, is a bit dingy when she gets busy.  She doesn’t tend to think things thru very much.  Say Joe Smith comes to the counter.  He says he is here to get his prescription.  She finds a script, scans in into the signature log and just the one comes up. ” There are supposed to be 2 he says”.  So what does she do?  keeps looking on the shelf for more and more scripts when the script list for signature has ONLY ONE.  There are no more to be found and looking thru the baskets and the shelves are a waste of her, mine and the customer time. Ive told her a dozen times: the script list is 100% accurate.  if there is ONE on the list, there are no more DONE.  Look elsewhere!!  Look in the Dr Call pod…Look in the Dr OK pod Look anywhere but in the FILLED SCRIPTS  pod.She knows this but she keeps doing it.  Even if I ask: What is he looking for or what is he missing??  She won’t know because she didn’t ask. Its like grocery shopping for somebody else without a list…how do you know what to look for??

A patient is on auto fill, and he fails to pick up his prescription and we put it back…time and time again. He is habitually non compliant in a system where compliance dictates when the script is filled. We tell him “when you fail to pick up a prescription and we return it to stock the autofill is cancelled “. So why does he do?  Wanders up to the counter over and over asking why it isn’t filled and gets crabby about it. I hate auto fill and wish it was banned.

A friend of mine when to a outside event with me.  We received the “Do and Do Not Bring” list on the tickets.  I read it carefully.  The do not list included backpacks, purses over a certain size, etc etc.  The Do list included certain kinds of transparent packaging.  At the car, I said  ” Not so sure about that bag, Dude… it doesn’t meet the criteria…” And sure enough it was prohibited.  That was a 30 minute return bus ride to parking to put the pack away..and a 30 minute bus ride back to the venue.

What has happened to us?  Have we become the Movie Idiocracy?  Which by the way was 2 hours of my life I’d want back if I could, but frankly, I see us becoming exactly like the people in the movie.  We are swayed by public opinion and never stand on our own morals. We get suckered in by Facebook and twitter ( any resemblance to twits??) into believing that truth is whatever the majority accepts to BE truth.

The shooting in that black Church a few weeks ago has exploded into a debate over the confederate flag.  What has that to do with anything? He posed with the flag..Well he was also wearing a gold’s gym T shirt.. Shall we ban them too?? Its only 1 of a bunch of pictures we have of the kid on the web…We have forgotten the lives lost already and are all freaked out over an old flag.   Recently a Walmart wouldn’t do a cake with a confederate flag on it but Would do one with in Isis flag…if you think its a joke, its all real: ask Chuck Netzhammer and see his picture of him with his ISIS flag cake, courtesy of Walmart.  Its all over the internet.

You can look at porn on a million sites on the internet all over the world, at home, in hotels, on your phone, but put a confederate flag on a cake?  NO WAY!!   We’d rather perpetuate terror in our cakes.

And speaking of ISIS,  common sense would say:  watch out, they are working their way to our homes too.  Just saying….watch your back.

Wake up people.  Engage your brains.  keep what is important at the forefront and by all means invest in Uncommon sense…because apparently common sense is out of stock!

 

Lets tell Steven how much we appreciate him!

Filed under: Uncategorized — pharmacychick at 6:59 pm on Saturday, June 27, 2015

Below is a comment I received on a post I wrote almost 5 years ago.  I wonder how these old posts keep being found and commented on but this one is a beaut on ” Three Days Supply”  Its so well written and thoughtful  this kind of drivel is pretty  much the reason I quit writing blog posts on a daily basis. This drivel came into my comments pile today.  His email address is Stevenk@gmail.com or Stevenk@yahoo.com.  Show Steven how grateful we are that he is our patient…

wow, you really do pride yourself on using provisions don’t you? Who gives a shit that you wake up on time, or have to have a coke everyday. That right there further proves that you are just as ridiculous as the “insulent deprived” individuals. I’m guessing that because you became a pharmacy technician, that you somehow think that means your a doctor. News flash, it does not mean that even in the slightest. You have furthered your career as the medicine man, the he/she that is suppose to be able to accurately know what is best for everyone who passes through your pharmacy. Lemme ask you this if if may, do you own this pharmacy? Are you magically entitled your own opinion that far exceeds everyone else’s? The bitchy whining post or blog you wrote above has plenty of shit wrong with it. Take for example how you talk about wanted the 3 day rule changed. Why? Your life is just so difficult behind a counter in your fake doctor jacket, that it’s impossible for you to feel a shred of sadness for these people. People that are sick need there medicine period. It’s not up to you to decide if they are or are not going to die from you not giving it to them. I can see your issue with a controlled substance to a degree, but non controlled? What is the point. Most of the shit is non abusable, and reAlly isn’t your business nor your concern. I guess if it were you on the other side of that counter, your provisions would have you covered right? So what if you didn’t have the money to pay for it yet, and you would in 3 days? Are you such a skeptic that it’s impossible to believe that excuse. You my friend need serious psychological help, but for that you would have to deal with some bitch/dick pharmacist giving you the run around. Shame on everyone agreeing with this evil small minded person. Next patient that dies, remember that their blood is on your hands, and that shit won’t ever wash off. I would love to see you on person so I can tell you what a fake ass person you really are. I have so much more to say, but I’m going to bite my tongue on the rest. Before I go I would like to drop the last few sentences for you. YOU ARE NOT A DOCTOR, NOR WILL YOU EVER BE. WHAT A PATIENT IS PERCEIVED IS NOT UP TO YOU, AND YOU HAVE NO RIGHT HOLDING OUT ON PEOPLE. IF YOU DON’T OWN THE PHARMACY OR THE STORE THAT IT IS IN, SHUT THE FUCK UP AND FILL IN HE PERSCRIPTIONS. YOU ARE NOT GOD, THERFORE YOU DO NOT CALL THE SHOTS. ANOTHER THINK QUICKLY THAT POSES ME OFF, CLEAN NEEDLES. A JUNKIE ENTERS YOU PHARMACY, EXSCUSE ME SOMEONE ELES PAHRMACY THAT YOU WORK AT. THEY WANT CLEAN OUR NEW NEEDLES. WHY DONT YOU HAND THEM OVER SINCE THERE IS NO LAW AGAINST IT. INSTEAD YOU LET JUNKIES SPREAD DESEICES LIKE AIDS TO THE REST OF THE WORLD. NICE!! just because you are annoyed with the career path you chose, does not give you the right to make an opinion against everyone who comes to get their medicine. People are broke, and a lot of times that prior authorization shut is not the patients fault, the fault is the doctor not doing their job or the insurance not doing their job. Don’t add to the problem, and not do your job too. For fucks sake, fill the scripts, and hand them over.

No more Bruce…PLEASE!

Filed under: Uncategorized — pharmacychick at 4:14 pm on Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Am I the only one that feels that enough is enough  seeing/reading/hearing about Bruce Jenner and his decision to become a woman?  It is bad enough when his brood ( or his ex wife’s brood) graced the cover of every screen and Facebook share I seem to look at on the internet, now its his not so attractive face as either a man OR a woman.

What took the cake however was some writer described this transformation as “Brave” and “Courageous”.  Sorry, but I think we throw those terms around waaaay too flippantly if we are doing to use them to describe Bruce Jenner.  To me, he is neither brave nor courageous. He’s just a dude who wants to be a dame. To that end, I don’t care what he does with his body or his life, so no comments about  transgeners. This is not a discussion about THAT.

If I look back on my life, its rather ordinary.  Brave and courageous are words for the extraordinary, and if I look over the events of said life, I can’t think of much in my life that can be described as either brave or courageous.   Those words should be reserved for events that happen in people’s lives that really require bravery and courage.    Both words have pretty similar meaning in the dictionary.  Courage enables one to be Brave and face dangers and difficulties.  When I looked them up they seemed to be very intertwined, but they both had something in common.  Both related to extreme difficulties or circumstances, trials or pain.  I haven’t donated a body part to a needy person, I haven’t saved a life imminent to die if I didn’t intervene, and near as I can tell I haven’t exhibited great bravery in some dire situation unless you count feeding my dogs every day,  one of which thinks he must be about do die if I don’t immediately produce food based on the drama I listen to every am.

Wanna hear about bravery and courage?  How about Chesley Sullenberger who landed a plane on the Hudson River and saved a plane full of people?

How about any of our military personnel who risk their very live every day in some sandy remote version of hell getting shot up, blown up, and where surviving is the plan for the day?

I think there were a lot of brave and courageous individuals whose stories were told ( and many weren’t) on 9-11.

Police officers, firemen, rescue personnel, military personnel, and maybe just average joes facing an highly unusual circumstance….THAT is bravery and courage.  We occasionally hear about them…somebody pulling somebody from a burning building or car before it explodes…or somebody jumping into a river to help somebody who might otherwise drown.

Growing boobies via hormones and having plastic surgery is neither brave or courageous.

Its just a lifestyle decision by a man of some means in front of a lot of cameras.

Leave it at that and save the bravery and courageousness for those who really earn it.

 

 

Memorial Day wishes

Filed under: Uncategorized — pharmacychick at 8:44 am on Monday, May 25, 2015

PC wishes you a safe and blessed Memorial day this year.  She also wants to share a few words, probably not all of them politically correct…as she isn’t known for being that all the time.

Memorial day was mostly a day of picnics and parties for me.  A few years ago, the reality of what this day stands for was driven home when my very best friend’s brother was blown up in Afghanistan.  A lifelong military man, he was NATO advisor and his convoy was blown up by terrorists.  Lives were changed that day as are the lives of everybody who has lost a loved one in this mess over in the Middle East.  When someone doesn’t come home from serving in the military, empty hearts remain. Whether you agree with “policy” in middle east is not relevant.  A death is a death to a family member.

If you were born an American, think for a few minutes about the costs and responsibilities associated with being one.  We aren’t perfect but we live in one of the greatest countries in the world.  You can aspire to be whatever you want and if you try hard enough you have a good chance of being just that.  Of course,  you can aspire to be the worlds biggest free loader and because you were born here, our government helps you achieve that too. A sickening reality but a true one.

Generally however we aspire to earn a living, raise our families, and love life.

If you were NOT born here, and you have CHOSEN to live here, then you should also think a few minutes about the costs and responsibilities YOU have with living here.  A lot of lives were lost so you can enjoy living here too. You have the responsibility to earn a living and support yourself.  You owe it to this nation to respect our flag and our customs if you choose to call USA home now. You do not have the right to trash this country that you have CHOSEN to live in.  So, if you don’t like the US, don’t agree with our basic philosophy, think that you shouldn’t integrate, learn the language we do business in, or desire to damage our buildings and kill our citizens, you may leave and I’d be happy to pack your bags and drive you to the nearest airport.

Most of us fall in the former group. We do our best to better our lives and the lives of the next generation.  But don’t kid yourselves.  Our generous policies have allowed people who hate us to live here. They use the very system of freedoms we possess to HIDE and PLOT.

So, have a safe holiday.  Think about  blessings we have living here and lets hope and pray that we can quit having people to memorialize because of  war and hatred among nations.

 

A Christian Conundrum??

Filed under: Uncategorized — pharmacychick at 10:35 am on Thursday, May 14, 2015

Christianity and Homosexuality has been in the news a lot. Especially as it relates to doing business with gay people..florists, cake makers, pizza makers etc. Until recently one of my employees was gay. No, he still IS Gay, he just doesn’t work for me anymore. Techs come and go quite often in our business. I miss him a lot…he was a good tech and all of my customers loved him.

I was at the golf course one day and someone who knows that I am a believer started to ask me about this whole issue. They asked, If you were asked to do a gay wedding would you?  My first response was ” What would a pharmacist do at a gay wedding?  serve drugs?  probably highly illegal and we’d all be arrested..and being a Christian would be the LEAST of my issues”.   After the laughs died down we got down to the meat of the question.  If I was in a business and a gay customer wanted to do business with me, would I do it, even if it “conflicted” with my faith.  I guess that important question is is doing business with gay people conflicting with my faith.  Personally, I say no.

Lets put it this way.  I sell flowers..That is my business for the sake of discussion. Selling flowers to people who walk in all day, making pretty arrangements for any person who walks in the door.  I don’t know or care WHAT they are buying the flowers for and if they are buying an arrangement for their spouse of any gender why should I care?  They can EAT the flowers for all I care.  Who buys my services isn’t compromising my faith.  Just because gay people want flowers at a wedding doesn’t mean that I endorse it. All it means is that they like my flowers.   Do I have an opinion on Gay Weddings?  yes, but personal opinion and politics doesn’t play in the workplace for me.  Ya hang out a shingle and people come in and exchange a product/service or both for cash.  Cash is a neutral entity.  If a person wants to refuse to do a gay wedding then in theory they should be asking every customer WHAT they are going to do with the flowers and if the florist finds it abhorrent then he/she should refuse to sell.  I mean, if someone is gonna buy flowers to decorate the home of a gay couple then how is that different than a wedding?  Ok, I am extrapolating but you get the point.

The Cake maker who took issue with the gay couple certainly didn’t need to offend them.  If they didn’t want to start a war the simplest solution would be  ” I don’t have single sex couples for cake toppers”  and then put a couple of bells or flowers on the top and just be nice about it.  I just don’t see how doing business with a certain KIND of people makes such a heated issue.

I suppose there used to be a day when things were different.  I remember as a child nearly every business you walked into had a sign by the front door that said ” we reserve the right to refuse service to anyone”  it was usually right under the one that said ‘ no shirt no shoes, no service’.  Im not sure when that changed but it did.

I am not sure that suing people is the answer either.  Businesses can dig their own graves pretty easily by getting popular NEGATIVE opinion.  Today news flies around the world and the internet awfully fast.  “VIRAL” used to be a medical term but now it refers to how a news item passes thru hands.  If a business wants to refuse to do business with a  certain group of people then fine.  I don’t care either.  The law apparently does, but my take on it is this:  if you refuse cash, you are digging your own grave.  If you piss people off they go on their Facebook pages , Yelp, etc and tell people what happens and pretty soon cash becomes even more scarce. If the cash flow stops, you are done.  The Internet is a powerful entity.

I think I can worship my God, serve Him as I am supposed to, and work out my faith, and still do business, if I keep this one thing in perspective.  The first command He gave us was Love one another as He has loved us first.  He is the judge, and His commands were not to judge, but love.   Your sins are your sins and my sins are my sins.  I am not worrying about the sins of others when I have a bucket load of sins of my own to deal with.

The end!

Fast food menu pharmacy.. all for fun and laughs

Filed under: Uncategorized — pharmacychick at 7:03 pm on Monday, May 11, 2015

If you have spend anytime on Facebook you may have seen the ” This is a pharmacy not a fast food restaurant”  page.  Filled with reader submissions of stories and copies of ridiculous e-scripts error, etc its rather amusing to read and even more so, follow the comments by the readers.

Pondering its name I decided to create an imaginary pharmacy:  The PPP  Phast Phood Pharmacy.  This pharmacy is all menu driven.   This is how it works:

When you walk in , you will see a menu board in front of you, not much unlike the board you see at McDonalds.  What we offer…..and its $price.  All up front and laid before you so there is no surprises or questions.  Its a novel concept, drastically different than the business model we have now. Here are some of the offerings:

1.  The rush job………..$25.oo  For an ADDITIONAL $25.00 you will receive the front of the line.  For this treatment however you must explain to every person you are leapfrogging over why your prescription is more important than theirs. IF they agree, then the fee will apply and you get first in line.  If any ONE disagrees then you shall be placed in the order you came in and no fee shall apply.

2.  the NOW Price quote……$ 10.00.  For the additional fee you receive an immediate processing ( not filling) to know your copay at that moment.  This is nonrefundable.  If you request an immediate price quote, you will be charged this fee AND your copay when you pick up.  If you ask for a price quote in the normal amount of time no fee applies.

3.  The  multi insurance REBILL……$ 5.00 for each rebill.  This is specifically for the multi insured whose goal is to never pay a single cent over the lowest copay of the insurances ( plural) they have.  ” I have Consolidated Mega for my primary and Massive of Omaha as my secondary ..which is cheaper?  Step right up.

4.  The return to stock and refill fee.  $10.00.  For every script that we filled at your request, that you didn’t pick up and then we subsequently returned to stock…THEN you decide to fill,  this fee will be added due to the extra work involved in the entire process

5.  Late Fee:  Want us to wait after hours so you can pick up your RX?  $ 50.oo and 1 dollar per minute over 10 after closing.  The pharmacist personally keeps this fee.

6. Early Fee:  Knock on the cage and want me to ring up your prescription before we open $ 25.00

7. Call the doctor fee $ 10.00 plus $1.00 for every minute on hold .  If you ask us to call the doctor because you forgot your rx, you are late, you need a rush job, you want it changed or cheaper, or for any reason that WE don’t need to initiate a call, this fee applies,  if WE initiate a call for your safety no fee applies.

8. “fill em all” fee:  For every prescription that we fill and return because you didn’t “need THAT one” $5.00

I think a menu driven pharmacy may work.  There would be no surprises and a patient would have the opportunity to know ahead of time what he might be expected to pay for certain services above the normal filling process.

Your turn…what would you as my readers like to see on the Menu Board?

Hating on the competition

Filed under: Uncategorized — pharmacychick at 6:33 pm on Monday, May 11, 2015

Pharmacy chick has been doing double duty lately.  As much as I hate to over work , I took on responsibilities at another store who has been short staffed.  I could probably write an epistle on what life is like at a store in disarray but it wouldn’t be a pretty picture.  Today I ventured back to my own little chunk of hell  heaven, and got down to the business of seeing what has been going on since I left over a week ago.

As I was pondering a weeks worth of email, mail, texts, post-it notes and ” oh God I am glad YOU are backs”,  a gentleman wandered up to the counter.  He was late 50-early 60s ish and by all appearances hunting for bear.  ” Ya work here?” he said.  ” Occasionally” I said leaving out any comments about why would I be in a pharmacy , in uniform, name tag, etc  if I WASNT working.  “What can I do for you today?” He had a pile of bottles from Big Box.  ” I wanna see if you can fill these..” and immediately started hating on the store they came from, destroying their credibility as human beings, how awful they are, detailing all the awful things they had done to him, never done when he wanted them… etc etc etc..

I dont hate on my competitors. I let my own service do the talking.  I am also a supreme believer in free enterprise.  You are free to shop, eat, buy, at any place you choose and I am not going to hold it against you or accept your decision to leave as a threat if you decide  to do so.  Conversely, I am not going to love you more because you have decided to deride the competition in my presence and you aren’t flattering me by trashing my competition.

I actually know all 3 pharmacists at big box because they have been working across the street from me for 15 years.  They are all good people and I don’t hate them, and they don’t hate me.  They recently had a computer upgrade that went horribly wrong and a remodel that didn’t create a very streamlined work space.  Couple that double play with the fact that patients and patience have NOTHING in common but pronunciation it created a maelstrom of problems for the store.  What it created for me was a business opportunity. We ended up with a ton of THEIR customers who were tired of having to wait days for a script that usually took day( singular).

Back to Mr Hater. I looked at his bottles.  Lots of controls. Lots of ZERO refills. I had an inkling of why he was transferring to us and it wasn’t an image I was looking forward to seeing.    I said, “hey, I know that store has had some problems in recent days–their computers aren’t working so hot but they’ll get it figured out soon enough, but if you want to transfer here, Im happy to do so.  By the looks of all this however not much of what you have here has any refills to transfer so most of them are going to the doctor anyway. That can take up to 3 business days.  …” and before I could get one more word out, he said ” I need them today, thats your job.

Thats where he lost me.  Cut bait, toss the line in the water and let it float away.  Im a pretty good actress so he didn’t know that my concern for his welfare went from high to NIL in one nano second.

” Actually its the DOCTOR’S job to provide you with prescriptions.  I can ask… but I cannot DEMAND, so if you must have them today you will have to contact him directly and ask him to phone us at his earliest convenience.   You as the patient pay his salary, not me as the pharmacy.  The doctor does not answer to me nor is he required to abide by any time frame that I might be inclined to demand.”

He started to posture me  a bit but I wasn’t going to budge.  I picked the two of the bunch that had refills and said, THESE two I can take care of for you today, 2 hours tops if I can get Big Box to answer the phone.

He scooped them up and muttering as he left about wasting his time.

When I left late this afternoon  no calls had been received.  No e-scripts nor faxes had been received for that man. The two promised however were done.

Chances are pretty good that if he hates on Big Box, then one day soon he will be disappointed in something we did or didn’t do and he’ll hate on us too.  The loved becomes the hated all too soon in this business.

Cheers!

Catching up with Pharmacy chick part II

Filed under: Uncategorized — pharmacychick at 9:50 pm on Sunday, April 5, 2015

And back for more!!!

For the first time in recent history, we took a vacation that didn’t involve golf.. we couldn’t for obvious reasons… so…We visited Hawaii.  18 years ago we went to Kauai for a wedding, one week before my mother passed away.  Haven’t been back since…for no other reason than its not the most convenient place to get to and back with a 5-6 hour flight.  We had promised a friend a vacation, and for some reason she chose Hawaii. I guess she decided we have money coming out our wazoo.  *yes I could have said no..*  It was a very fun week doing fun things but I will never travel with somebody else for as long as I live. Too much drama when I am paying for everything.

I chose (with her input) and wanted to focus on some very fun experiences and she wanted to eat…and eat..and eat…she was obsessed with having food with her everywhere.  We weren’t in the jungles..we were in urban Hawaii.  We didn’t  need to be carrying provisions like some sherpa. She just “felt” she needed to eat all day. Whatever.  I wasn’t very sympathetic.

BUT.. we did have some good times amongst the food drama.  I ticked a few items off my bucket list:  I did a zip line for the first time and I also rode in a helicopter.  THAT was a blast.  My only complaint?  too short of time spend doing THOSE things!   We snorkeled and once I got the hang of mouth breathing and got equipment that didn’t LEAK, that was nice too. Ya can’t be a germaphobe and rent snorkel equipment..who knows what or if they clean that stuff with sanitizer…And Praise God for prescription snorkel gear…otherwise I couldn’t have seen the fish.  I wouldn’t want to snorkel all day, but it was fun for the afternoon.

I also learned that being 51 didn’t  mean I had outgrown my propensity for sea sickness.  It wasn’t a Gilligan’s island 2 hour tour thank GOD, but a 45 minute catamaran snorkel tour.   5 minutes of fun before the seasickness set in.  I think I’ll pass on the boat tour next time :-) I would like to thank the individual who stole my towel  FROM my back pack for at least leaving my wallet and my camera behind.. WTF?

But of course, work had to interfere with a flurry of texts that float coverage was spotty.  ” Um, I am 3000 miles away on an island,  How can I help you find a tech?  I sent every tech text number I could find to  my pharmacist, and I think it saved the day.  A manager is a manager is a manager, no matter where she is in the world.

I also learned that Kona Coffee covered Macadamia nuts are as addicting as heroin…and available on Amazon!! :-)

Aloha for now..

moving on to part III

 

Catching up with Pharmacy Chick part III

Filed under: Uncategorized — pharmacychick at 7:58 pm on Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Still reading?  After part I and II, we reach the last part of the catching up.  Apparently i have the bug to write again, even if I don’t care much about grammar and punctuation.  Maybe Ill even write about work on an occasional basis.  Ive been amazed and impressed at the people who have written a bit in appreciation.  As you know I was burned by the flamers and haters and didn’t want to waste my time writing anymore.  On Facebook I follow ” This is a pharmacy not a fast food restaurant” and its the same-0 same-o there just like it is in my own pharmacy.

For pharmacy chick, drug therapy for HERSELF is  few and far between.  I  wrote about my  attempt to manage cholesterol with a statin and ended up feeling like a dementia patient.   But more recently I have finally sought treatment for something else.  If you have had  it, you totally understand, if you don’t have it you wouldn’t understand.  Mr chick doesn’t understand.  Since I was a kid, I have had RLS.  My mother suffered with it, as does all of her siblings.  My brother has it too.  RLS is Restless Leg Syndrome. I used to massage my moms legs at night as they hopped about the couch in my lap.

It is frustrating at the least and maddening at its worst. If you imagine…. having perfectly normal legs during the day that turn into electrified mexican jumping beans at night that you simply cannot control or stop.. then you have some idea of RLS.  You know its coming, and powerless to stop it, no matter what time you go to bed, no matter how you WILL your legs to keep still, they just build energy until POW they jump.  Its nerve shattering to be honest because I was getting lesser and lesser sleep every night. About  1 night out of 10 I might get a night where they didn’t jump.   I tried every non drug modality:  massage, cold packs, exercise, stretching,  magnesium, you name it. I didn’t want to resort to rx drugs because I was afraid that it would only become worse over time and they would quit working, a real problem with this issue since it has similarities to Parkinsons disease.

I finally threw in the towel.  I set my intern on a project:  Find me the most modern and effective and least likely to augment current treatment for RLS. Since she is a brainiac that was an easy project. Mirapex.

It might as well have been a gift from God himself.   I didn’t believe it would work as well as it is.  I am a huge skeptic and when I went to sleep the first night on  mirapex and my legs were just lying in bed silent, I believed it was an anomaly and it would return to normal the next day.  But it didn’t. With the exception of when I had packed and unpacked  my meds ( by accident) and went to Hawaii without the  Mirapex, my legs have been in an amazing state of rest.  Its no CURE,  one night without the drug and they are back to jumping, and getting my rx transferred to Hawaii was an exercise in poor customer service but  thats another story to share later!

Admitting defeat and finally getting a bit of treatment has been lifesaver..or at least a NIGHT-saver!

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