The Pharmacy Chick

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More Thanksgiving entertainment…

Filed under: Uncategorized — pharmacychick at 9:49 pm on Saturday, November 24, 2012

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving day, eating fun foods, pie etc… I was fortunate not to have to cook the bird ( hence little mess in my own house). I brought a few side dishes, packed the car and headed to a friend’s house.  A few weeks prior to the “big day” my friend had made some conversational reference to a movie I had no knowledge about and he was surprised that I hadn’t seen the movie ( hence didn’t understand his reference).  He decided that I was going to see this movie and he nexflix-ed it to his house for our viewing pleasure after dinner.

Well, after viewing this movie I can say with certainty that it was 2 hours of my life I wish I could claim back.  The movie? Monty Python and the search for the Holy Grail…my review?  the biggest waste of cinematic celluloid I have ever blown 2 hours of my life on.  I kept waiting for a plot.  It wasn’t forthcoming.  I was waiting for some humor…(ho hum).

In fact I will share with you the only piece of humor I found in the entire piece..and I had to wait early to the end to get it:

The scripture of the Holy Hand Grenade:

…And Saint Attila raised the hand grenade up on high, saying, “O LORD, bless this Thy hand grenade that with it Thou mayest blow Thine enemies to tiny bits, in Thy mercy.” And the LORD did grin and the people did feast upon the lambs and sloths and carp and anchovies and orangutans and breakfast cereals, and fruit bats and large chu… [At this point, the friar is urged by Brother Maynard to “skip a bit, brother”]… And the LORD spake, saying, “First shalt thou take out the Holy Pin, then shalt thou count to three, no more, no less. Three shall be the number thou shalt count, and the number of the counting shall be three. Four shalt thou not count, neither count thou two, excepting that thou then proceed to three. Five is right out. Once the number three, being the third number, be reached, then lobbest thou thy Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch towards thy foe, who being naughty in My sight, shall snuff it.”[1] ( courtesy of Wikipedia.org)

( how many ways can you say ” count to 3)…I found very amusing in that sometimes that is how I have to speak to get thru the thick heads of my customers only to have to start over again…

Dont waste your time watching the movie to just see this scene…I am sure youtube has the scene.  Truly, its about the only part worth viewing!

 

Have’s and Have nots..a brief commentary

Filed under: Uncategorized — pharmacychick at 8:40 am on Saturday, November 24, 2012

I found this interesting, given the fact its Thanksgiving weekend.  When PC went to work for the company, the pharmacy closed 7 days each year, on the major holidays and the STORE closed 2 days each year: Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Over the years, the company directors have whittled those away to the point where   the store is open 365, with Thanksgiving and Christmas being the latest casualty in the ” 24-7″ mentality that has infused our business world.

Recently however, the arrogance of the corporates has hit a new level.  In the email sent to everybody a few weeks ago where they announced that the store will be open normal business hours on Thanksgiving , the very next paragraph stated ” the corporate offices will be closed BOTH Thanksgiving day and the day after”.

How interesting that in the same bit of correspondence that they both deny their employees the opportunity to spend time with their family, they then grant themselves not ONLY the holiday off, but the day after as well.

I am not sure when BLACK Friday was determined to be a holiday, but I guess profits must be so good after they cut hours, benefits and the like , that they can actually ADD holidays to their calendars while reducing holidays to OURS.

Nice going suits.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Filed under: Uncategorized — pharmacychick at 7:39 pm on Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Where ever this finds you, PC and her family wishes all of my readership a Happy Thanksgiving!  I have much to be thankful for.  Tho I write about the frustrations in my field, I am grateful for the job to keep me in a warm home and food on my table.  After all, we can be grateful for our jobs but not necessarily love them  every day.  I’m grateful for my wonderful husband who seems to find reasons to love me after all these years.   I am grateful for my health because I can do pretty much everything I would want to do.

I am also grateful to have a readership who seems to enjoy the drivel I write!  So to all of you, may you have a very special Thanksgiving day, and if you can, take a few moments and share with me some of the things YOU are thankful for!

All Kidding aside.

Filed under: Uncategorized — pharmacychick at 5:23 pm on Saturday, November 17, 2012

Its pretty safe to say that most people like a good joke.  And depending on the person, some jokes go over better than others.   I love a good joke and I can take a lot of kidding.  If there is one thing I have developed over the years is a pretty thick hide.  We often joke around in the pharmacy.  We are all good sports and take our ribbing well.   ” If I had a pharmacist worth a damn, all the DUR overrides would be done and I could keep filling rx’s” is one of my tech’s favorite line.. so I respond in  kind . ..”if I had a tech worth a damn, I wouldn’t have to spend so much time at the cash register”. We know we depend on each other and we’d all be up a creek without a paddle without each other. We also show our appreciation to each other on a regular basis.  If they do something extraordinary, I make sure they know  ” YOU ROCK!”

Customers can give me a bad time also ” Keeping those prices high so you can afford golf PC?”  ” YUP, I got my eyes on a new driver. I  need to raise some funds and you looked like a perfect lamb to fleece”.

I have this one customer however  who I had enough of because I cant figure him out.  Either he is just insanely unhappy and sarcastic, or he just has no idea how bad his sense of humor is.  His remarks ( that he thinks are funny) are humorless to me because he often seems to infuse a threat in to his humor.  He calls me Grumpy, a moniker I particularly dislike because I am not grumpy at work.  He regularly” threatens” to leave the pharmacy and transfer elsewhere  when his stuff is not ready.  He makes frequent reference to ” I keep you in business”,actually you would need to  bring me about 3.5 million dollars worth of business each year to KEEP me in business, but thanks for what you actually bring… and ” you on vacation AGAIN?  you are never here”  well no, I dont work 7 days a week, but trust me, I work more hours than I am paid for. He finds it humorous that I have to eat while I am standing at the computer ” Snacking on the job?  Ill tell the manager you are slacking off” sure go ahead, but I think he is at lunch at the moment, something I dont seem to have the privilege of taking each day. To be honest with you, I have trouble determining if he is being serious or funny because his demeanor is demean-ing to me.

You see my point?  One day he was particularly irksome because he came to pick up some scripts for his wife and himself.  Two of them had just been sent over by the office and were in the filling line.  I think he had about 4-5 total rx’s .  After addressing me as GRUMPY again, I told him that we were still working on the last 2 and it would be about 20 more minutes before we’d have everything all finished up. Among other things,  I heard  ” I dont have all day”  ” I am not wasting gas going home and coming back” ” somebody should crack the whip on ya’ll” ” and I guess I’ll just have to transfer my stuff elsewhere”.  All said ( supposedly) in the name of “fun”.

I said ” Jon, I really am doing the best job I can, given the circumstances, we aren’t trying to waste your time or your gas, but we are super busy today”

He seemed taken aback and later on his sweet wife called me up to ask a question and then added ” Jon thinks you are mad at him”.  I told her ” No , I am not mad at him, but I’ll be honest with you, I really cant understand Jon’s sense of humor sometimes, I cant tell when he is joking or being serious…and being addressed as Grumpy and being told quite often that I waste his time and he should transfer away sends me mixed signals”. ” we love the long standing relationship you two have had with us, but I have trouble telling if he is being serious or funny”.   I asked her not to tell him what I said, but I knew she would.  If I didn’t expect it, I wouldn’t have told her.

After that day he has become a much more subdued man.  I am sure his wife told him what I said.  Maybe she read him the riot act, maybe she told him what a biachi she thinks I am, he has never said.  They still fill their prescriptions with me.  She hasn’t changed a bit, but he doesn’t seem to like to look me in the eye anymore.  Perhaps I am oversensitive, but its been said that sarcasm is  truth hidden inside a joke.  I don’t waste anybody’s time. He can fill his prescriptions anywhere he chooses..there are a lot of options out there nearby.  I am not grumpy..he is a neurologist blogger somewhere.  I probably hurt his feelings, which I didn’t mean to, but at the same time, he routinely stepped on mine but I doubt he knew it.

Whaddya think? should I have kept my mouth shut?

 

 

The stupidification of Pharmacy Chick–the experiment gone awry!

Filed under: Uncategorized — pharmacychick at 6:53 pm on Friday, November 2, 2012

Since its open enrollment time, I thought this story might be appropo given its subject matter.  Every year my company presents us with an opportunity to avoid punishments um earn incentives to cheaper premiums by providing a couple of drops of blood and enduring some pokes and prods.  They measure us on an array of different metrics: height, weight, waist,BMI, blood sugar, cholesterol etc.   If we meet their baseline criteria ( and do a few other things) we can qualify for discounts on our health insurance.   I have always qualified for everything.  Last year however, I failed to qualify for the cholesterol discount because I had finally reached their FAIL threshold of 200.

Before you think ” Geez PC you only eat bacon and eggs all day?”   No. I do not.  Actually I eat pretty lean but since my beloved grandmother and my beloved mother all have/had high cholesterol, its stood to reason that I probably would also..and over the years it had creeped up bit by bit. So, since I missed out on about $500 extra bucks in my pocket I decided to try cholesterol management the easy way:  start a statin.  After all,  eating healthy hadn’t been doing much.

After speaking with my doc, we started on simvastatin 10mg.  I wasn’t in a big hurry to start so I lollygagged along and took it for about 3 weeks in june then quit because it seemed to make me sweaty and heat intolerant and since it was summertime I didnt’ want to sweat thru a golf glove every single week. ( I am not generally a very sweaty person..my hands almost never sweat, even on the hottest of days..I am pretty dry)  I figured I would start again in the fall…early enough to make a difference for my blood work.

So, late Aug, I launched into VERY-COMPLIANT-PATIENT mode and took my statin every single day.  It worked like a charm.  I did my poke-n-bleed for the company a couple of weeks ago and found my cholesterol went from 210 to 147.  Nice.  However,  Statins have  side effect…very documented but not often talked about…they make you stupid.

Allow me to elaborate:  After 6 weeks of simvastatin, my short term memory is so significantly impaired that I can barely balance a checkbook,  I forget things  I was just told,  I havent been able multi task as I usually do, and password memory is shot.  I’ll walk into a room and forget why I did.  I’ll change the laundry, start the dryer and walk away with out even putting the dirty clothes into the washer…even tho they are sitting right there.   My train of thoughts have totally derailed.  I’ll have the greatest of intentions to get 1,2,3,4,5,6 done but will be lucky to get 2 and 4 done because I havent’ been able to focus on the task long enough to do it.  Work has been frustrating to me because I get overwhelmed too easy at the moment when too many things get dumped on my at once..something that generally doesn’t happen. I cannot concentrate on tasks I usually enjoy and I feel like I have dementia.

After having a day recently that drove me nearly to tears, I sat down with Mr Chick and told him that I think that the  statin was affecting my memory. And since I had experienced minor memory issues when I did my short trial in June, ( which I brushed off as my imagination) I decided to quit the statin.  He had noticed some uncharacteristic ditzy behavior but didn’t realize the magnitude until I told him all my recent shortcomings in detail.

Its only been 4 days since I quit…I would like to be me again.  I’ll keep you posted on my progess… IF I REMEMBER!!