The Pharmacy Chick

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Flu shot Follies IV–Last installment for 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — pharmacychick at 11:51 pm on Monday, November 23, 2009

Boy oh boy, dont the flu shots bring in all kinds of fodder to write about.

1. Pharmacy chick remembers writing about this guy last year and when he came in again THIS year I had to chuckle.  I wrote about how this guy had so many layers to peel off to finally reach his arm, that I wondered if there was really a man underneath all his clothing.    He and his wife came in for their flu shots.  I recognized him immediately, and though to myself  Ok, Chick, lets count the layers..”    So here we go…from outside in:  1.  Winter Coat ( it was 70 degrees outside).  2. heavy sweatshirt with a college logo.  3.  1 wool sweater.  4. one wool vest.    5.  Long sleeve collared shirt. 6. short sleeve tee shirt.

You know, I’d really hate to have to do his laundry. 

2.  This Asian couple came in for their flu shots.  She was in her early twenties and he was a bit older.  Clearly nervous, SHE wanted him to go first, which he happily obliged.  I gave him the shot and went to deposit the needle in the sharps container.  Her eyes widened and she said “WHERE IS THE NEEDLE?  Did you leave it in him?  Being the smart aleck that I am, I would usually take an opportunity like that to smart off and say something like “yes, its a dissolvable needle. it will go  away in a few days.”  But she was about 2 degrees from freaking out.   We use Vanishpoint syringes.  Spring loaded, the needle retracts into the barrel after activation.  She saw the needle go in, but when I discarded the syringe, there was no needle attached.    I showed her the needle in the barrel…and she calmed down..some.

3. We ran out of vaccine for a while last week, waiting for the next shipment to arrive was painful to say the least.  Everybody and their mother wanted a shot. This guy came in and asked for a shot.  We told him, we had no shots available.  (we knew some was on the way)  We offered to make him an appoinment for later in the week.  “BUT I’M HIGH RISK. I NEED IT NOW”.   Ok, lets review… unless you want me to inject you with some B-12 or some testosterone I have on the shelf,  you need to come back later.  God should have had this 11th commandment: Thou shalt engage brain before engaging mouth.

4.  I called one of my clinic sites: an assisted living center, to get a head count for a clinic was doing at their site.  When they told me “23”  I was astonished because we usually do 120- 130.  “Oh, one of our corporate nurses came in and gave everybody a shot a couple of weeks ago”   OK, THANKS FOR THAT….I don’t think I’ll make these people a priority next year.

and now thankfully I am down to my last 20 shots in the fridge..Flu shot season is over for the Chick.  We’ll have more next year …for sure..


Comment by Jade

November 24, 2009 @ 9:59 am

Married to one of those guys with layers (long-johns through the end of May, and starting in again at the end of August)…he’s thin (could never get fat no matter how much he ate), and from experience…only the outer and innermost layer are regularly laundered. He’s one of those guys that cannot stand wool or plastics, so it’s layers of cotton and silk fabrics. (He’s got underwear from when he came to this country–of course it was expensive then from the finest cotton and silk, but 25-35 years later it’s gossamer thin, and sometimes I wonder that is why he has to wear so many layers!)

Comment by Dr. Grumpy

November 25, 2009 @ 6:52 am

There was a post on today, a woman willing to trade her kids flu shots for Bon Jovi tickets.

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