The Pharmacy Chick

Flying the coup in retail

There is always room for one foot.

Filed under: Uncategorized — pharmacychick at 6:04 pm on Tuesday, March 23, 2010

So Pharmacy Chick was at work last night and one of her customers came in to say hi.  “Hey Dave! hows it going?”. I said…   “Oh, I just wanted to stop in and say hi, since I am not picking up prescriptions for my mom anymore”. (he was her primary caregiver)

“Oh, did she move to a new place?” (thinking assisted care that required bubble pack or something)

“Yes, she did”.  so i asked “Where did she move to?”

” She died March 9th”.

how do I get out of this one…


Comment by Adam

March 23, 2010 @ 6:19 pm

Both you and Dr. Grumpy tonight… putting your feet in your respective mouths over patients’ dead relatives. I’m sure they understand 😉

Oh yea, and once I got the pleasure of doing the same thing..One of my golfing buddies that I hadn’t seen much over the winter saw me at the pharmacy one day about 3 weeks after my mother had died. She said her hello’s etc, asked about my golf game…then asked. “Oh, hows your mom?” Knowing her as well as I did and feeling could get away with such a statement, I just said. “Dead…”. Her poor jaw dropped to the floor.

Comment by Dr. Grumpy

March 23, 2010 @ 6:27 pm

I usually ask “are you allergic to any medications” at that point.

Comment by Phat

March 23, 2010 @ 8:51 pm

Why is it that that is always how I am informed with the death of a patient?

Two weeks ago we had someone bring a med back saying her mom no longer needed it. Thinking they were just trying to return something (which a lot of people here do) I explained we can’t take it back, but inquired if she had a bad reaction to it or just was being switched to another drug.

Of course, you can figure out what happened.
I guess some people just think we “figure it out”. Like other changes in life, nobody tells US when they move, change their phone number, get divorced, etc. If it wasn’t for the fact we attempt to verify each rx by asking a corresponding question like “do you still live on Maple street?” we would never know.hmm that alone might be a good posting to write.

Comment by Karen

March 24, 2010 @ 8:51 pm

Yeah. I have SO done that. Which is why I religiously read obits every morning before work! I buy the paper for obituaries and the comics!

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